Hemlock Kitchen

Hemlock Kitchen

I finished a remodeling project in Hemlock Farms PA about two months ago. I should have posted this when I finished the job but it was the beginning of summer and I couldn’t bear the thought of sitting at my computer when the weather was so nice. Now that school has started and summer is officially over I have no more excuses so here goes.
Heather Dibble, the client’s decorator was the project designer. The project included Bookshelves, new closets and a custom kitchen. The client’s wish list included an open floor plan with plenty of counter space and a center island with seating. The kitchen is L shaped with a large island to delineate the kitchen area. The ends of the cabinetry “L” are bracketed by a drywall nook that houses the fridge on one end and a full height pantry cabinet on the other. In the corner there is a large lazy-susan. To one side of the sink is the dishwasher and to the other is the trash pullout cabinet. Keeping both of these close to the sink makes for efficient cleanup.
The stove/ range and two base cabinets form the kitchen side of the island. The back of the island has seating for 4. A stainless and glass hood vent is centered above the range. Most of the base cabinets have drawers to provide more storage and to prevent things from getting lost in the back of a cabinet.
Shaker Style doors and drawer fronts were picked for their simple modern look. In lieu of installing upper cabinets, 2” thick floating shelves were selected to display the homeowner’s large collection of fiesta ware. Under cabinet lighting is recessed into the bottom of the shelves forBookcase Edit task lighting. A built-in microwave cabinet is tied into the open shelves next to the fridge nook. The base cabinets provide a bold accent with
their red color. The floating shelves and island are stained maple.
This modern kitchen not only meets the client’s wish list but also provides lots of storage and display space, an efficient work triangle, and a bold design.
Another fun aspect of this project was the oak bookcases for the finished basement.  They were built to fit between two columns and to define the sitting area from the hallway area. They needed to be open at the back to allow for the passage of light and to increase the sense of openness in the space. A craftsman style grid makes up the back of the cabinet.