Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Design Ideas - Make Your Island Special!

This is the first in a new series that I will be starting called "Design Ideas". What I would like to do is illustrate little design ideas that can help to make your home special. So here goes.

The photo below is a Kitchen in a home that I designed at Ron Brenner Architects. This unique house plan - The Lakeland Cape Cod - is currently available for purchase at Simply Elegant Home Designs.
It is a pretty simple kitchen layout but a few things make it special.
  • The kitchen cabinetry composition beyond is kept simple and clean. A soffit with crown molding connects the upper cabinets to the ceiling.
  • A "mantle" was designed for the range, which serves as a counterpoint to the fireplace mantel on the other side of the room (not seen in photo).
  • Under cabinet lighting provides highlights for the tile back splash and counters.
  • An upper cabinet extends down to the counter and is fitted with glass to display the china.
  • A solid walnut butcher block on the island top adds warmth and richness. This contrasts with the honed granite kitchen counters beyond.
  • A special leg detail was designed for the island corners. The leg detail was also adapted for the stairway newel posts.
  • Unique eclectic light fixtures hang above the island; highlighting the wood and help to emphasize that the island is the focal point of the room.
All in all a very simple yet elegant kitchen design. This illustrates that attention to the details can make all the difference.

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