Monthly Archives: April 2013

Entertaining Spaces

These young and outgoing clients wanted a space that suited their needs in regards to entertaining friends and coworkers. It was always the couple’s dream to have a built in seating booth in their basement, where they do a large amount of their entertaining – watching movies, playing board games, and relaxing with good company.

A back bar, complete with bar sink and mini fridge, is a great space for the couple to mix drinks for company. Their souvenire mugs and steins are beautifully displayed on the custom glass shelves and mirrors in the center of the back bar, creating a focal point.

On either side of the booth seat, there are cabinets for all of the couple’s games and drink coasters. The custom cherry table finishes the space off. Its pedestal was designed to allow for easy movement into the built in seating area without hitting feet against the pedestal.

The kitchen, which we had designed years ago, was in need of a wine bar. The blank wall that wasn’t being used was filled with cherry cabinetry to match, and complete with glass doors and wine racks.



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Opening up a Small Kitchen

This home came equipped with a very small U-shaped kitchen. The walls went all the way around the kitchen, dividing the spaces between the living and dining areas and kitchen work space. This created inconvenience for the homeowners as they had to walk all the way around their kitchen in order to set food on their dining table.

It was the home owners’ dreams to see the room opened up. They decided on a plan for a kitchen with a peninsula at the end, next to their dining table that would allow for very easy access into the kitchen from the front of the house as well as from the dining room and living room in the back of the house. We started demolition and “SURPRISE!” the wall we were knocking out was supposed to be a supporting wall, but it had been torn out by previous home owners or was never equipped with the proper support. With some very creative engineering, the owner of Not Just Kitchens came up with a plan that would support the house without even touching our plans for the kitchen remodel. There wouldn’t even be a beam showing in the kitchen!

We removed their side door and stoop from their kitchen space to gain more space for their refrigerator. The space by the existing windows was used as a small breakfast area that could also double as a place to work on bills and mail that get set on the cabinet at the front door.

The owners decided on a natural stained cherry cabinetry, which just doesn’t ever seem to go out of style. The counter tops they chose were a dark solid surface with copper flecks, which has a matte finish and is easier on the eyes. The hood we had to vent to the exterior through the floor joists, and also through their cabinet, so we built a back onto the cabinet so that the owner could see everything in the cabinet just by standing in front of it, and it works as an excellent pantry and cupboard for measuring cups and spoons. They also had a “built in” microwave in the cabinet in the peninsula so that it was easily accessible but out of sight. The cabinets around the sink area were fitted with reeded glass, which was a glass type used at the time of the home’s construction. The simple shaker cabinet doors compliment their style and provide a timeless look. They lightened up the kitchen with a light back splash – cream subway tiles and milk glass mosaic.



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