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Kitchen with a ViewTraditional Kitchen, Chicago

Jon Miller/Hedrich Blessing

Example of a large classic u-shaped medium tone wood floor enclosed kitchen design in Chicago with glass-front cabinets, white cabinets, quartzite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an island and an undermount sink —  Houzz
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patriciamathews40 wrote:Jan 1, 2013
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    You can find white fantasy quartzite but it has larger areas of grey in it.
    I am not sure where you are but check out quartzite material from Marble and Granite Supply in Niles, Illinois.
    You can see pictures on line for names of some of the whiter quartzites.
  • mccribbed
    Love this cabinet/window design and the application..really a great idea!! Chris SIA Assoc.
christian2012 wrote:Oct 27, 2013
  • cradmann
    How are the cabinets mounted to the wall without having a back to secure them? I absolutely LOVE this and would like to encorporate into our kitchen remodel. Thank you!
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    There is a continuous vertical steel plate at each side of the upper cabinets. This is connected to the vertical wood framing between the windows.
muttimac wrote:Apr 17, 2013
  • muttimac
    Thank you very much.
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    The fixture is a number of years old. The owner bought it for their old breakfast area in 1999. I believe it was made by David & Leen Lighting. Check for their local distributor.
jporco23 wrote:Apr 15, 2013
Design Really Matters wrote:Oct 1, 2014
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    Thanks. We're in Chicago and as a sufferer of Seasonal Affect Disorder, we design with window and lots of natural light everywhere.
  • sunnydrew
    This kitchen is so fabulous. How clever to do all glass in front of the windows. Brilliant.... If you'll pardon the pun.
kkc003 wrote:Apr 17, 2013
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    The window to the exterior is literally the back of the cabinet. I can be reached and cleaned by simply opening the cabinet doors.
  • kkc003
    thank you- i assumed such but not sure if you had another option as well.
mgdc wrote:Apr 17, 2013
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    The windows at the back of the cabinets are fixed and do not open, therefore no screen. To clean, the window is the back surface of the cabinet it can be reached and cleaned by simply opening the doors at the front of the cabinet.
  • mgdc
    Thank you..I appreciate the information. Its a great idea!
evillegal wrote:Aug 6, 2015
alexandradeas wrote:Jun 20, 2013
Robin Stott_jossen wrote:Apr 21, 2013
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    Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects LLC
    Since there is no ceiling or wall to hang the cabinet from we built steel angles into the vertical posts between the windows. The projecting fins were drilled for connections which were built into the side walls of each cabinet. The wood brackets beneath the cabinets are decorative.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Becky Harris added this to Great Idea: Windows Behind Kitchen CabinetsNov 2, 2018

1. Traditional Style: Divided Light When designing this Illinois kitchen, the architects at Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects had seasonal affective disorder in mind. They wanted their clients to enjoy as much sunlight as possible during their region’s long winters. The lines on the traditional divided windows presented a challenge. If the windows and cabinet doors both have divided lines, the lines of the muntins (the bars between the glass panes) should line up for a clean look. Here they started with fixed windows, then had the cabinets custom built so the muntins on the doors would line up perfectly. The windows below the cabinets are separate awning windows that open. Their panes are the same size as those on the windows above them, which creates a cohesive look.To support the cabinets, the architects had to get creative. They couldn’t hang them from the angled ceiling, and there weren’t walls on either side to attach them to either. So the sides of the cabinets contain steel plates that are fastened to steel angles built into the vertical posts between the windows. See more photos of this renovationFind a local window dealer

Shane D. Inman added this to 8 Beautiful Ways to Work Glass Into Your Kitchen CabinetsApr 5, 2013

3. Picture-window cabinets. What do you do when you have a kitchen that has more windows than wall space? Try putting your wall cabinets directly over the windows, like in this photo.Picture-window cabinets are designed with no back panel, so sunlight can flow through.

Bud Dietrich, AIA added this to Play the Trading Game With Kitchen Storage and ViewsDec 2, 2012

What about if you want all of those wonderful windows, but you don't want to loose any cabinetry space? Try some glass-front cabinets that let the sunshine in while showing off some of your favorite dishes. The trick is to make sure you get all of that window geometry to align with the cabinetry design.Of course, all of this glass means you'll want to have plenty of glass cleaner around.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

Bel's Budget Makeover Service added this to kitchensApr 23, 2019

Kitchen cabinets in front of windows.

Justine Rob Interiors added this to Sue & Toby (Kitchen)Apr 4, 2019

Love this entire look!! Very Classic & Chic.

Maggie Valenta added this to maggievalenta's IdeasMar 29, 2019

Flat front drawers and paneled cabinet doors

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