I think it’s time…fingers crossed but I think we’re sending in our kitchen cabinet order today! I think of all the people we’ve been working with for the house construction, our contact at Shenandoah Woodworks is my favorite. Herbie has been amazingly patient and incredibly responsive to any and all of my crazy ideas/requests. He’s really helped me design and lay-out my dream kitchen workspace (dream kitchen, of course, within budget…no Thermador sub-zero or Wolf range yet…).
Anyway, we’re going with Integrity maple cabinets in their Gulfbreeze model (which is a Shaker-style cabinet). Our drawers will be slab front and all cabinets will be stained ebony. This is the door and drawer style:
And the backsplash:
And the counters:
It’s hard to tell from the photos but the backsplash colors are very changeable based on the light and the direction that you’re looking at them. The laminate is also much more cool-toned than it shows in the photo. It’s the Formica Bianca Luna 180fx and will come with a bullnose edge. We’re also purchasing a Karran sink which is one of the few that can be undermounted to a laminate counter.
Our floors will be hardwood, similar in color to these:
Originally, I didn’t think I wanted hardwood but this house on Houzz made me do a complete 180. I love the way that floor compliments the ebony cabinets, stainless steel appliances, and light countertops! I know it’s not common to do an all black kitchen but it must be the musician in me…I’m so used to living in black clothes that this feels natural! Ha!
Our kitchen is L-shaped with a large v/u-shaped island that overlooks the dining room and living room. It will have stainless steel appliances (that’s another post!) and brushed nickel hardware. The upper cabinets are 42″ and will be 16.5″ inches above the counters so there will be room for crown moulding (we have 8′ ceilings). There is recessed lighting in the kitchen as well as under counter lighting. We will have two pendants over the island…we just haven’t decided which ones yet. These are the two options:
And finally, our kitchen layout…this is what earned Herbie a saint award…Pinterest and Houzz were especially dangerous for kitchen ideas. But after MONTHS of nit-picking, changing my mind back and forth, and wishy-washy-ness (if that’s not a word, it should be!) here’s the layout:
Ha, and yes, it’s in written form rather than drawn out since I changed my mind so much the original drawing is really hard to read:
Lower cabinets (from L to R):
-french door fridge/freezer
-24″ pantry with roll-outs
-3″ spice pull-out
-27″ cabinet with double roll-outs
-30″ gas range and oven
-18″ 4 drawer base
-36″ corner lazy susan
-21″ 3 drawer base
-36″ sink base with tilt-out tray
Upper cabinets (from L to R)
-french door fridge/freezer with wine rack built above
-30″ shelf for microwave and additional cabinet above
-30″ hood above range
-36″ lazy susan corner
-36″ window above sink
And the island from L to R:
-12″ tray dividers
-18″ mixer lift
-30″ 3 drawer pot and pan base
-18″ trash can base
-12″ bookshelf facing sideways
Whew, so that’s it! That’s our kitchen! Now I can get back to focusing on the bathrooms!