White, white and more white…. Older white laminate cabinets, white appliances and white Corian counter tops coupled with a stove/ island set up that just didn’t work made this kitchen a perfect candidate for a makeover. The space was adequate so there was  no need to move walls or windows, helping us with the timeframe constraints. The main goal was to incorporate a useable island and bring some earth tones to the room. This island was designed to accommodate simultaneous cooking and entertaining with little conflict. The drawer stack under the raised end serves a dual purpose of supporting the large piece of stone and adding an extra drawer for flatware or linen. The first finish selected was the Typhoon Bordeaux granite. This feature drove the remaining backsplash tile, cabinet color and paint finish selections and was the right way to tackle this room.
Originally designed with a peninsula separating the kitchen from the breakfast nook, the space felt disconnected from the great room. The homeowners wanted the peninsula GONE so away it went… The new copper farmhouse sink, custom cabinetry and unique lighting added warmth and VALUE to this home.  Other features include base cabinet roll outs, a recycle center  with 2 trash cans and a shelf for paper recyclables, a narrow cabinet across from the  wine cooler for liquor storage and a couple of  upper cabinets with hammered glass door fronts. The modern hand-blown glass pendants were strategically placed so the raised end of the island would accommodate a tall flower arrangement for special occasions.
It’s hard to believe the sink is in the same location in the new kitchen. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen so much  stark white in one room! Note the seamless blend of color between the granite and the backsplash. The glass tiles are a perfect complement to the Bordeaux color in the granite that is difficult to catch in a photo. The texture of the stone and glass mosaic highlights the soft white cabinetry creating an elegant “old world” look with a modern flair.
A shot of the wine bar and under counter xenon lighting… Note in the Before shot above how the fridge encroached into the kitchen. We bought a counter depth fridge, had the cabinet maker build an end panel for a built-in look and moved it into the corner.

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