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Transitional Craftsman Kitchen Traditional Kitchen, Portland

This 1920 Craftsman home was remodeled in the early 80’s where a large family room was added off the back of the home. This remodel utilized the existing back porch as part of the kitchen. The 1980’s remodel created two issues that were addressed in the current kitchen remodel:

1. The new family room (with 15’ ceilings) added a very contemporary feel to the home. As one walked from the dining room (complete with the original stained glass and built-ins with leaded glass fronts) through the kitchen, into the family room, one felt as if they were walking into an entirely different home.
2. The ceiling height change in the enlarged kitchen created an eyesore.

The designer addressed these 2 issues by creating a galley kitchen utilizing a mid-tone glazed finish on alder over an updated version of a shaker door. This door had wider styles and rails and a deep bevel framing the inset panel, thus incorporating the traditional look of the shaker door in a more contemporary setting. By having the crown molding stained with an espresso finish, the eye is drawn across the room rather than up, minimizing the different ceiling heights. The back of the bar (viewed from the dining room) further incorporates the same espresso finish as an accent to create a paneled effect (Photo #1). The designer specified an oiled natural maple butcher block as the counter for the eating bar. The lighting over the bar, from Rejuvenation Lighting, is a traditional shaker style, but finished in antique copper creating a new twist on an old theme.

To complete the traditional feel, the designer specified a porcelain farm sink with a traditional style bridge faucet with porcelain lever handles. For additional storage, a custom tall cabinet in a denim-blue washed finish was designed to store dishes and pantry items (Photo #2).

Since the homeowners are avid cooks, the counters along the wall at the cook top were made 30” deep. The counter on the right of the cook top is maple butcher block; the remainder of the countertops are Silver and Gold Granite. Recycling is very important to the homeowner, so the designer incorporated an insulated copper door in the backsplash to the right of the ovens, which allows the homeowner to put all recycling in a covered exterior location (Photo #3). The 4 X 8” slate subway tile is a modern play on a traditional theme found in Craftsman homes (Photo #4).

The new kitchen fits perfectly as a traditional transition when viewed from the dining, and as a contemporary transition when viewed from the family room.
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http://robinrigbyfisher.com
Inspiration for a timeless galley kitchen remodel in Portland with glass-front cabinets, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, dark wood cabinets and multicolored backsplash — Houzz

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Sue Burgess wrote:
Love these lpendants? Do you know the color of the glass???
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
I think they are 4.5" across
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That's what I was thinking - may I ask one more question Robin? The chairs? Where did those come from? Thank you once more!!! :)

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kathleenmd wrote:
Do you suggest a 2 tier center island or 1 level island? - I have a bay window where the black hutch is located in this picture. Is is OK to put a 2 tier island like in picture or would a 1 level be better so as not to block view out the window?
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Nancy Mastronardi
Love this kitchen! What is the back splash?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
The tile is actually 3 different colors of slate cut to 4 x 8. Unfortunately, I no longer have information on the specifics.
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Sarah Tode wrote:
Paint - Hello what color is the paint please
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micdog77
Robin your a designer and keep no records come onWrite a comment
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
I'm sorry - this project was completed in 2001.
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Deb S wrote:
How wide is the total for island?
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Depth?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
The lower section is 24" deep and the bar is 19" deep overall
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larobno wrote:
Where can I find these stools?
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xrayok
Looks like Ethan Allen
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Amy Cuker, MBA, LEED AP
looks a lot like the aaron barstool from pottery barn
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caitlindarcey wrote:
Can you open the fridge door?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
It would be a very poor design if the refrigerator doesn't open fully. In answer to your question - yes, and you can remove all of the drawers easily.
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Rhonda Knoche Design
However, the good access Robin described with this application (next to the wall) doesn't work with every frig. That's why it's important to work with a kitchen professional.
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tw1168 wrote:
How much space do your doubl ovens and microwave oven take up? What brand appliances are used in this picture?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This is a jennair product. I do not have the specs.
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Denise Bowden
Do you find that the microwave is too high? I love the stacked look but worry its too high for average height people.
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bhuynh98 wrote:
Love the island. What are the dimensions of the island? How wide is it? What are the lengths of the 2 levels?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
The heights are 36" and 42" the length of the island is approx. 8'6"
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Reico Kitchen & Bath
Geat looking kitchen Robin! Can you tell me what kind of backsplash you used?
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jgreason wrote:
where do the light fixtures come from?
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gmajoyce
Still looking for lighting answer
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
They are by Rejuvination
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cmullens44 wrote:
Kitchen Remodel - How high is the microwave off the floor?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS

This kitchen was built for a couple that is over 5' 10" the micro wave 60" to the center above finished floor. I do not recommend this height for most people.

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msfine1 wrote:
HELLO, WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF THE OVEN WALL? THX
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This wall is approx 14.5'
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brianjulie3 wrote:
Lights - Where did you get the pendant lights over the island?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
They are available through Rejuvination.com
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clwoodard3 wrote:
Could you please identify the species of wood and stain for the cabine
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
The wood is Alder with a medium stain and glaze.
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jennydurhamwade wrote:
Will you please share the length of wall containing the cooktop?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
Approx 15'
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tiffpotvin wrote:
Countertop - What material is used on the countertops and the color?
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Brandon Cole
I am sorry - This project is over 13 years old, I no longer have records of materials used.
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shannon72789801 wrote:
Backsplash - What is the backsplash called and where can we find it?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This backsplash was custom made from 2 different slates. I had my tile setter cut the 12 x 12 tiles into 6 x 12 and randomly install them. There is a porcelain liner installed as an accent. Unfortunately, this project was completed many years ago and I no longer have any of the records. Best wishes
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okierunner81 wrote:
Bar stools - What brand are the bar stools?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
We purchased these at world market in 2002.
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Diana Davenport wrote:
What type and color is the hardwood floors?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This is natural maple floors.
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alison420 wrote:
More counter space? - Love the layout, we're working on a plan almost identical to this. Is there any other counter space available in the kitchen (on the left side, near the ovens)? We're looking at a 9' straight island as well, and concerned about the space left after a sink and a range are placed similarly. Thanks!!
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There is no cabinetry to the left of the oven.
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Kim wrote:
tile? - Where did you get the backsplash?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This backpslash was created from 2 different slates, we had our tile setter cut the 12 x 12 tile into 3 x 6 tiles and randomly set them.
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mabel1515 wrote:
what is the room size ?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
This room is open to the dining room, leaving walking space behind the seating area of the island. The Kitchen is 19' x 11.5'. I hope this helps.
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tjpiper wrote:
What is the paint color on the walls
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
Sorry - this project is about 12 years old. I no longer have that information. Knowing me and that time, it is most likely Devine Paint - maybe Macadamia. Good luck.
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0129 wrote:
What is the countertop stone and color of the higher level part of the island?
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Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS
The stone is Golden Beach Granite and the raised bar is Natural Maple that is oiled.
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islandlyfe wrote:
Top level of island - How deep is it? Thank you.
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Stacy Sigmund wrote:
Love the pantry cabinet against the wall. Where can I find this?
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sbailey2117 wrote:
half wall kitchen divider - wan to change to 2-level island workspace - I have a small L-shaped kitchen with an entry by half wall. Wall is 103" long by 42" high. Thinking about changing to split level with seating on one side and counter level workspace on other. Need workplace low enough to conceal some storage items (breadbox, toaster, etc) with cabinets underneath on kitchen side. Maybe shorten to less than 103" so could have walk thru on either side. Do you have any pictures to share that would help me with his idea. I am not looking to overwhelm the kitchen, just add more cabinet and counter space. Space is open to livingroom. I am also looking to do this on a small budget and may have to replace all countertops to match. We have formica I guess and that's ok. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just blend well. Give me any any feedback you can. Realy looking also to buy and install myself. Regards, Susan Vance
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lovemilkabars wrote:
what color and who makes the cabinet against the wall? thank you.
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bhuynh98 wrote:
How wide (other direction) is the main counter and the raised level?
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Nazma Ali wrote:
the is the color of the cabinets
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What Houzz contributors are saying:

Lawrence Karol added this to Expert Panel: Kitchen Color
Brown is not boring. Kitchen and bath specialist Robin Rigby Fisher explains that “this kitchen sits between an original 1918 Craftsman formal dining room and a contemporary family room. The only constant was the dark woodwork throughout both spaces. We also had the challenge of designing around a ceiling height that has a 9-inch difference from one side of the beam to the other, so we chose to incorporate the dark wood accent as a crown molding. The intention was to draw your eye around the room, with the goal of minimizing the height discrepancy.The midtone cherry cabinets match the furnishings in the two rooms. The tile backsplash is custom-cut slate in two different colors that match the original brick in the dining room fireplace. The end result is a kitchen that feels contemporary when someone is looking into the family room and traditional when looking into the dining area.

What Houzzers are commenting on:

jjjrcowan added this to kitchen
Contrast counter on island. Yuk
emeryamiller added this to Kitchen Counters
Don't love the pallete, but the idea of a wood bar, granite counter and matching backsplash and contrasting wood island is nice

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