The "kitchen" in my parent's casita is only 91" long, excluding pantry and refrigerator. I chose to build in the pantry rather than cabinets because I thought it would provide more storage than a cabinet pantry.
Here is the design I worked up:
I spent hours designing this. It seems simple enough, but it was quite a trick getting a symmetrical view which was important to me. One kitchen designer offered to "help" me, and completely re-designed the 750+ SF space into about 4 rooms and it was all chopped up. I had a couple of cad programs, and drew it myself. I wanted some counter space, some drawers for silverware and a trash pull out. I didn't feel I could give up what little counter space I had by building in a wall microwave. The microwave will be a space-saver model that attaches under the cabinet. I couldn't do a shelf, my parents are very short, and they would wind up dumping a bowl of soup on themselves.
I contacted 3 cabinet companies because I liked their product pictured below. The Woodmode cabinet caught my eye, and I located a dealer in the bay area. I sent him a drawing, and I went to sign a contract--only he hadn't done a contract. He didn't get back to me for a month, didn't seem too interested in my small project. I really didn't like being put on the back burner, so I crossed him off my list.
|Quality Custom Cabinetry|
It seemed to me that the trend of full overlay doors is a new one (at least since I last remodeled). You will always know when the kitchen was remodeled with a full overlay door. A flush cabinet door is pretty timeless.
I then started searching through the gamut of non-custom cabinets. I sort of like a Schuler painted door at Lowes, but I am still waiting for a written quote of the paint job I requested: fully antiqued and distressed door.
So I went back to Vancouver, and found a great rep from a company in Washington.
|We liked this door, but were worried green was "too avocado" and we might tire of it quickly. It is more avocado than photos of cabinets we liked on the internet. I did really like the way this company did the splits in the door for distressing.|
I almost signed on the dotted line, but it was for full overlay doors, but my husband said if it's really not what I want, I should hold out for inset doors. I felt bad because the rep really was great and a pleasure to deal with, would have loved to give him the business. The next day Veranda had a new Woodmode ad:
|Wood-Mode ad in April 2011 Veranda|
I decided to try to find a custom cabinet-maker one last time. I came up with 3 shops where they made real cabinets, not just fronts for a factory made cabinet. One person didn't want to bother with a small project, even though I was willing to go with a design he had on the internet. The second shop showed me the one door style that he made, and that he only made part-overlay doors. He had never even heard of full overlay doors. I just saw staples, and wasn't happy with the quality at all. I stopped by a hole in the wall place that had a nicer website than showroom presence. The work shown looked really nice. Things were buzzing in the back room with a number of craftsmen working on various stages of cabinets.
They were actually working on the cabinets that we ultimately decided to go with. Up until now, I was looking for a farmhouse look, painted cabinets, heavily antiqued and distressed. However the casita only has one room. It has dark beams in it, and my husband was concerned that putting in a painted cabinet would dictate decorating down the road. It was a bit of an impulse, I picked this after about 10 minutes in the shop. Was I sick of shopping for cabinets? YES. Did I make a decision before my head was going to explode? YES. Usually my vision comes together easily, this one was a struggle just because I couldn't seem to make anyone believe I was serious.
I hope I'm not sorry that I didn't pick a painted cabinet. I still love the looks of these kitchens. If I've "borrowed" these photos from your website, please let me know and I'll give a link. I just don't recall where I got them.
|Grey painted cabinet|
The lantern chandelier is a Pierre Deux--purchase on One Kings Lane. My daughter sent me a text when she spotted it, and I quickly purchased it. That was an easy decision because we'd seen it in the Carmel store over the xmas holidays, and I was thinking about purchasing it. It's temporarily raised so we don't spear our heads on one of the corners.
The Next Decision: Select Counters!
I will admit I'm tired of granite. I didn't want granite when we put it in the house in 2004. I wanted Vermont Bluestone with subway backsplash. However what we put in is pretty, and I got used to it.
If I was doing the painted white cabinet, I would choose a grey concrete counter.
The main reason is I thought concrete is I'd like to put in this egg and dart border.
However, now that I've chosen a dark wood cabinet, I'm thinking the concrete blue grey color wouldn't look as good as a lighter color.
If I were to do a light color, what if I chose to do a counter out of travertine?
|Dark wood grain looking granite that would layer over the travertine brick tiles as a backsplash.|
Let me know your opinions on the counter, I'm noodling this one to death. I'd think about white marble, but I don't think it would look very good with the travertine floor, shouldn't it be a creamy color to contrast with the cabinets?
Have a great day!