Kitchen with a ViewTraditional Kitchen, Chicago
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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
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.
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.