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Joanne Cannell Designs
@countryretrogal - You asked about durable surfaces for cabinets. I would say that a hardwood like cherry or maple in a natural finish will hold up better than any painted finish. There are also high gloss enamel finishes but they still may scratch or chip. There is also a newer option that might be a thought for lower cabinets: Neolith - a material that doesn't scratch or stain. I couldn't find a general US website, but here is one dealer: It comes in thin slabs that cab be used to face cabinets. I just saw a demo where someone scraped a screwdriver across the surface. Sparks flew but it didn't scratch. I think it would be expensive though & it's a very modern look.
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Wall 2 Wall

Not impressed with the overall design of the home.. .thinking on the amount of navigation required despite using the pocket doors... I would have visualized a much more open plan and a lot less cutting up with small rooms... we see so much of that in designs now... I do not understand the thinking... wheel chairs = NO halls... less corners.... why not have a central area with all major rooms accessing off it.. to reach any washroom when arriving home you have to manage at least 4 doors ... and both have to pass through either a closet or laundry... both places where things end up "over-flowing" and thus ending up cluttering the way... :( :( :( Not a good over all design despite being able to access the sink... /'

we designed our home... new to us already used by lady in wheel chair but just a senior... with a kitchen with ample lower storage that eventually a person with only lower drawer access could still manage...


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