The Hinrichsens, a family of four and a pet dog named Cleo, were in need of a kitchen renovation. The kitchen in their old farmhouse had become a bit claustrophobic and was far too modern for their vintage home. The previous remodel had been completed 10-15 years prior. With experience in historical preservation and a love of antique style homes, Anna was thrilled to work with the family to design their dream kitchen.
When renovating older homes, you have to work within a certain frame of dimensions. In this particular project, the ceilings were very low at 88”H and the structural beams on the ceiling were 6”H. This would mean that the wall cabinets could only be 28”H. We decided to create an “unfitted” kitchen with three different door styles and finishes. The island and the refrigerator area would each look like pieces of furniture that were added to the kitchen over time. The island looks like an old loved and used Shaker table, while the refrigerator and pantry look like an old built-in closet or cupboard. For the main kitchen wall and base cabinets, Anna recommended a soft white washed finish called Vintage Country Linen to make the space feel larger and more airy. The inset cabinetry door style, Madison Raised, was selected to match the detail of the wainscot panel already underneath each window. Each piece of hardware – from the exposed barrel hinges, to the cup pulls that look like they had once been painted but time and use had worn most of it off, to the HL hinges and entry door handles on the refrigerator – were carefully selected to help recreate a vintage look in the kitchen, with a blend of American country that the Hinrichsens desired.
Since the ceiling height came to 88″, it would be difficult to find an integrated built-in refrigerator that accepts custom door panels. Fortunately, we discovered the French door Liebherr refrigerator. The pantry was matched to the refrigerator exactly, which meant a custom overall height, special sized drawers, and an oversized upper door. We used a custom 6”W beadboard on the side of the unit which would have been common on an old built-in cabinet from the 1800s. We then repeated the 6”W beadboard on the backsplash of the L-shaped kitchen to add continuity.
The clients knew that they needed a large family-sized microwave in the kitchen, so it became a challenge to find a location that would make sense functionally and aesthetically in the space. The solution was to create a hutch next to the new windows. The microwave was located in the center of the kitchen so it could be easily accessed, and mounted at the perfect height to be easily used.
To complete the vintage look, Anna included many details that would compliment the kitchen. She noticed the original ceiling beams had a small bead on the bottom of each side of the beam and used that as the main repeated detail throughout the kitchen. It was incorporated around the frame of each inset door and drawer, the bead board backsplash, and the bead along the bottom of the crown moulding mounting board at the tops of the wall cabinets. The main kitchen counters were topped with a gorgeous waxed soapstone highlighted by the large white farm sink and the cross handled gooseneck faucet.
Lastly, every kitchen needs a stunning focal point…in this kitchen, a large walnut edge grain butcherblock island countertop! The worn edges of the distressed black island cabinets pick up on the rich wood color, making the table style island the centerpiece that a farmhouse kitchen deserves.
Anna, this may be one of my favorite kitchens you have designed. The level of craftsmanship, detail and creativity in this renovation is just spectacular! Go Anna!
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Tagged Brookhaven Cabinetry, Countertop, design, home, Island, kitchen, Renovation, Soapstone, Vintage Kitchen, White Kitchen
When it comes to a kitchen renovation, many homeowners enjoy the subtle and elegant feel white can bring to the space. Here are a few examples that are sure to provide you with the inspiration you need.
Sophisticated French Flair
From end to end, this galley kitchen provides sophistication with its glass door cabinets and wood paneled refrigerator. The black countertop and matching cabinet handles accent the room perfectly, providing a bit of artistic flair.
Take a step back through time with this beautiful Victorian folk kitchen. This space brings a vintage twist to modern design with its hanging fixtures and old fashioned style sink faucets. Also, the mix of glass door and closed-in cabinetry completes the antique look.
Bistro Art Decor
Bonjour! We love how this kitchen delivers a clean, crisp look that is full of eclectic designs. The tile along the wall is accented with a striking black outline that really pops. Bringing in a contrasting color, the yellow patterned wall paper completes the artistic and refreshing atmosphere.
Rustic and Timeless
The family in this home wanted a kitchen that was timeless, yet had a rustic appeal. The use of maple and oak cabinetry were mixed in throughout the space, and the cabinets above the countertop have glass doors for an antique look. What we really enjoy about this kitchen is the grey island that acts as the room’s focal point.
This beautifully detailed kitchen makes you feel you are in a country house in France. The kitchen cabinets were recessed in antique white to bring a traditional feel within the space. Creative accents, lattice inserts in the wall cabinets and stacked crown mouldings were used to compliment the design aesthetic.
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Tagged cabinetry, Countertop, design, homes, Island, kitchen, Trends, white
With a new year underway, I asked a few of CCW’s designers to share their favorite kitchen trends for 2012. Below, Amy and Ray share some ideas that will have the heart of your home cozy and stylish. Multiple Finishes Although having all of your kitchen cabinets in the same finish is certainly a popular design approach, interesting effects can also be achieved when multiple finishes and textures are used. Ray believes kitchens are all about layering and using a wide variety of finishes breaks up the room and adds warmth. He suggests using a different finish on the island or bar area that will stand on its own from the rest of the kitchen. This particular trend is very popular, especially with white kitchens. Corner Banquette Amy admits that her clients have fallen in love with the corner banquette and are eager to incorporate the design into their kitchens. It’s a beautiful trend that can bring a warm and cozy eating area into the kitchen without sacrificing too much space. Even if you only have a small corner available, you can build a banquette that comfortably seats six, eight, or more. An added bonus is banquettes offer plenty of storage beneath the bench. If you’re considering a kitchen renovation, be sure to checkout our Top 5 Kitchen Trends for 2012 for the latest interior design styles. -Laura
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Tagged cabinetry, design, homes, Island, kitchen, renovations, Trends
With Christmas day soon approaching, I have been thinking about a kitchen our designer Anna completed. I remember it specifically because not only was it beautifully detailed, but she and I had visited the homeowners to help decorate their “heart of the home” for the holidays.
To capture the traditional look the homeowners desired, Anna designed the kitchen cabinetry with Wood-Mode’s Barcelona Recessed in Antique White. She then suggested an Edinburgh Burnished finish on cherry for the island and buffet to bring an extra layer of beauty to the space. It was really a great choice as you can see how the center of the room pops as you walk in. The refrigerator also has matching cabinetry panels installed over the doors, in keeping with the clean look the homeowners desired to achieve. Anna was very clever to also match up the fronts of the refrigerator and pantry area to look as if it were one complete unit, skillfully disguising the fact that the depths of each cabinet and refrigerator were all different. She also installed a corner kitchen hutch with glass windows to keep with the traditional and antique look within the room. The glass windows are always a wonderful option to display china other treasured objects.
Throughout the kitchen, you can also see the beautiful small details Anna introduced. One of my personal favorites is the lattice inserts in the wall cabinets and buffet. She also incorporated columns and stacked crown moulding throughout the space.
Anna really did a wonderful job designing this amazing kitchen. Feel free to checkout her designs and get in the holiday spirit with these festive pictures below…I know I am! Joyous holidays to all!
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Tagged Christmas, design, Holidays, Island, kitchen, Kitchen Hutch, Paneled Refrigerator, renovations
Since being given a Barbie mansion as a child, Amy has grown passionate about combining colors, textures and objects together in her designs. With her creative edge, checkout these beautiful items she recommends for any kitchen.
Belle Foret Pot Filler Faucet
When it comes to the kitchen, create an innovative focal point to the open area behind the stove with a pot filler. You’ll love this one from Belle Foret as it makes your life easier to fill large stock pots right at the cooktop.
Wood-Mode Pull-Out Chopping Block
No matter the size of your kitchen, there never seems to be enough space. With Wood-Mode’s pull-out chopping block, you’ll enjoy it’s convenience and ease of use. Amy recommends installing the chopping block above the trash unit ,so that you can just wipe what you don’t need into the trash below.
Sub-Zero Built-In Refrigerator and Freezer
Simplicity is the new trend in the kitchen and hiding your appliances has never been easier. With Sub-Zero’s built-in refrigerator and freezer, you’ll enjoy it’s seamless decor and that the hinges and grills are not visible. Sub-Zero is one of the only refrigerator manufacturers that designs a completely concealed unit. This model has two distinct temperature zones which ensure the freshest food and energy efficiency.
Windows and Natural Light
It’s always a great idea to use windows in the kitchen to introduce natural light into your space.
Built-In Microwave Cabinet
Sometimes the microwave can be a real eye sore in an amazing kitchen. Consider installing your microwave in a built-in base cabinet that allows you to save space and hide it from your sight line.
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Tagged cabinetry, design, home, Island, kitchen, Lighting, renovations, Trends, Windows
Located in Ghent, NY, this beautiful and spacious Dutch Colonial home built in the 1700s was in need of a restoration to its original beauty. To bring the warmth of the old and the conveniences of the new, our designer Amy used a variety of wood types and accents within the space.
Amy created a layout for the kitchen that began by installing reclaimed pine flooring. This achieved an antique look appropriate to the three century year old home. We wanted to bring in distressed pine cabinets with a modern twist. We achieved this by accenting the island with a distressed black finish. Additionally, soapstone countertops were installed on the bar and the stove wall, recessed into the window sills for a continuous look. Lastly, a custom built farm sink made out of soapstone was added on the island to match the perimeter of the kitchen.
Currently, this home is listed with Old Ghent Realty. Feel free to visit their website and explore the rest of this beautiful home!
Old Ghent Realty
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One of our recent kitchen renovations involved updating an already beautiful kitchen from the 1990s. The Fortins visited our showroom to price cabinetry, and discuss the wow factor they wanted to introduce into their kitchen for entertaining family and neighborhood friends. This particular renovation would have our designer Amy focus on a complete remodel from floor to ceiling.
First, a larger window with a deep arched casement was replaced over the sink to open the space and bring more light into the kitchen. We brought it all the way down to the top of the cabinets, so that the granite would be continuous into the sill and have a deeper landing behind the sink and faucet.
We then created a decorative built-in refrigerator with glass cabinets and a pantry with roll out trays. The glass cabinets are lit from the inside to create a mood at night with just the decorative lights in the kitchen turned on. This is a great feature for any intimate gathering that the Fortins would host. We also mimicked the glass cabinetry into the bar area for a soft transition. The bar functions as a drink center for kids and adults offering cold storage for juice boxes and water, as well as white wines. This is a great option for entertaining as people can congregate outside of your cooking zone and still be able to converse.
The island is functional on two sides with a Sharp microwave drawer and extra storage. It is finished with wainscoting panels and corbels on the back side where the seating is.
For the finishing touches, we accented the black island and hood with a black rope moulding that goes up to the ceiling. The hardware is brushed pewter to pick up the stainless steel and black, combining the two.
The Fortins were great to work with and love sharing and working together in the new heart of their home!
When it comes to home renovations, customers always ask which countertop would be best for their home. They’re looking for excellent quality, durability, something that matches their overall design and taste, keeping in mind that countertop is also an asset in their kitchen or bathroom. From granite to soapstone to quartz, countertop comes in a variety of styles and colors. My personal favorite is granite because the colors and combinations are always unique.
You can click the chart below to help choose the countertop best for you:
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Sometimes when people come to our showroom in North Greenbush, NY, they like to ask about the projects we’ve finished at CCW. One that always seems to come to mind, and heart, involves the Flynns.
Now the Flynns, Barbara and John, came to us because they were interested in renovating their kitchen. Not only were they hoping to modernize their favorite room, but also make it functional for Barbara to move around and cook in her wheelchair. As any self-respecting kitchen designer would know, it’s important for you to get to know your clients and learn the role the kitchen plays in their lives. So Ray and I went to their home to learn more about the couple. They had lived and traveled around the world and always shared a passion for cooking. While visiting, Ray noticed that it was difficult for Barbara to reach certain elements of the room like the countertop and sink. She also didn’t have room for her wheelchair under the cook-top. Being Ray, highly detailed oriented, he returned to the showroom and began drawing sketches and renderings.
It was then determined that 25” was the perfect work surface height for Barbara to be able to comfortably stir and chop. That pretty much meant the principal workstation could not sit on top of a cabinet, so we decided on a center island. The only challenge was that is also where the family enjoys gathering for light meals. Our solution was to create a dual height island maintaining a comfortable eating height while at the same time accommodating the custom 25” workstation.
We then added one of my favorite features! With Barbara needing room to get her wheelchair under the cook-top, an adjustable height cook-top seemed to be the perfect solution. Ray rigged it with a simple lift mechanism, the cook-top can go up and down to allow Barbara to wheel her chair underneath and have access to all the burners. A safety hinge was also installed to immediately stop the lift mechanism should it ever get too low and touch Barbara’s legs.
As for the rest of the kitchen, dozens of little details ended up making the kitchen work. Barbara and John came back to the showroom to finalize the selection of the tiles for the flooring and backsplash. We selected some really chunky and fun cabinet and drawer handles that are easy for Barbara to manipulate. We shopped around until we found the perfect sink that was large enough for a soup pot but shallow enough so Barbara has easy access. The door to the Lazy-Suzan cabinet for pots and pans was designed to fold away inside the cabinet, making it easy for Barbara to maneuver around and gain easy access to the contents.
After the completion of any project, I like to check in and see how customers are enjoying their renovated rooms. Today, Barbara and John are very much in love with their kitchen. They now have the opportunity to cook gourmet meals once again. Ray, you definitely did an astounding job for creating this special space!