I mentioned yesterday that our kitchen cabinets are due in later in the week. We are replacing / re-orienting the island, moving the pantry and adding a butler’s pantry. We decided to keep the perimeter cabinets and are matching the style. They are good quality and fairly new (installed in a 2001 remodel). We were also blessed with a good range (Viking) and fridge/freezer (Sub Zero) so those will go back in. We are painting the cabinetry white with a light grey glaze. The island will be grey.
Before, looking into kitchen, right side….
Behind those white double doors on the right was storage on one side and a hot water heater on the other. The hot water heater was relocated and the air vent was relocated to the ceiling. This is what it looks like today.
And here is what this area will look like after the cabinetry is installed. We are actually having double doors on these with virtually concealed hinges. (I cannot tell you how many hours our builder spend finding the right hinges so they would be concealed and open to 180 degrees, while sustaining the weight of doors with applied cabinet faces.) Cabinet faces will be attached to the doors so that the pantry looks more streamlined with the kitchen.
And remember the door to the driveway in the top image, it is being moved over on the wall and will be a set of french doors. Here they are getting ready to install them….
Our builder is very detail oriented. The wiring on the right is for a new doorbell and she is making them move it because the door that will open will actually be on the left if you are facing out. Maddie has a friend who lives next door….he is going to LOVE the bell I am sure.
Here is an image that shows the other side of the kitchen, before. In fact, this is from the real estate listing….
The small cabinet to the left of the range is being removed and the two pantries (white doors) are being eliminated. (Actually the one on the left is now the butler’s pantry area…and the closet was emlimated.) Below are the elevations for the new cabinetry to the left of the range. It should look very similar to the fridge and freezer you can see on the right in the above photo.
We’ll have a small microwave in the cabinetry…lots of adjustable shelving for things like the Kitchenaid mixer, Cuisenart and other larger appliances. The drawers will be used for pots and pans, etc.
The new island will house a second sink and dishwasher and storage for cutting boards. So excited about this! We will also have three barstools on the other side and cabinetry under the overhang…trying to maximize storage space as best we can. This is the side looking out into the kitchen.
Below is a photo of the butler’s pantry area before….
Here is an image of it a few weeks ago. It is all framed out now and trim work has been started but I forgot to take a photo.
And then, below are the elevations for the new cabinetry that will run down the left side of this space. Again, this cabinetry is being built to mirror the style of the existing cabinetry in the kitchen. We’ve got a pull out tray with high sides for liquor and the cabinetry on the right has electrical outlets and pull out bottom trays so we can charge phones, laptops, etc. out of site. In absence of a mudroom at this stage, one of these cabinets will house the “stuff” like mail, keys, etc. We will have hooks for school bags, light jackets, etc. But, we are designing it so it will function like normal cabinetry for down the road when we add on a mudroom or our needs change.
So, there you have it…..so excited that when we get back from vacation I will get to see all of this in person. So many hours have gone into figuring out how everything will function….hopefully we haven’t forgotten anything!