The dark stain mimics cherry wood, but is less expensive than cherry cabinets. The backsplash, made from 1-inch yellow glass mosaic tile and copper accents reflects the warm colors in the granite, while modern, brushed nickel fixtures and hardware play off the cool grays.
Karen chose a custom wall color of warm beige with yellow undertones. Gloria originally wanted to replace all of the moldings because they were too traditional. To minimize them, Karen used flat paint on the walls and semi-gloss in the same color on the moldings. "It helps them disappear without the expense of ripping them out," says Karen.
Gloria's "must haves" included a pantry and cabinetry that went all the way to ceiling, but knew they would be costly if they were custom made. Karen suggested they ordered semi-custom cabinets, and double-stack 18-inch cabinets on top of 36-inch cabinets.
She placed a large pantry adjacent to the refrigerator along the back wall, mixing solid and glass door fronts. Double-sided glass door cabinets also float between the kitchen and the family room, adding a visual barrier that delineates the two rooms but keeps the space open.
While working with their designer on picking appliances, Karen offered Bill and Gloria coffee from the company's built-in Miele coffee machine. "It is such good coffee and so easy for entertaining, we decided we really wanted one," says Gloria. To counter the unexpected splurge on the coffee maker, Karen suggested that they purchase the duel fuel range and refrigerator from one of the kitchen displays at a discount.
Bill and Gloria were also adamant about having ample lighting. "Once we added ambient, task and accent lights, the plan turned out quite complex," says Karen. She reconfigured the recessed cans in the ceiling, realigning them with the new traffic areas.
She prefers the clean light of halogen, using it under cabinets around the perimeter and the interior of glass door front cabinetry. "Puck lighting shows off the beauty of Gloria's china and crystal collection," says Karen. "Everything is also on dimmers, which the electrician needs to know ahead of time."
Rarely does a renovation get completed without a few setbacks, and this kitchen was no exception. To make room for the sleek hood, the contractor ended up having to tear up the walls behind the range and route a new vent through the floor to the outside of the house. The floors ended up having to be redone.
Right after they were finished, disaster struck again when a valve on the reverse osmosis filter broke, causing major water damage. The floors had to be replaced a second time. "Oh, well," says Gloria, a veteran of renovation. "You just have to deal with it."
Now that all is finished, Bill and Gloria couldn't be happier. The modern touches, efficient floor plan and elegant styling add both glamour and value to their home. Whether the two of them are cooking side by side or welcoming family members for impromptu visits, the new kitchen makes lakeside living a breeze.
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