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SEP 2018

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Another custom specialty is tray pullouts for large cut- ting boards and baking sheets that are installed in drawers rather than behind doors. "It makes them more accessi- ble," she says. Along the same lines, Robertson often includes adjustable diagonal dividers for pots, pans and lids. "Almost every client is requesting them now," she says. "They are great because you don't have to stack pans, which can be difficult when they're all the same size. I put them in my own kitchen, which I recently remodeled, and I really, really like them." While Robertson's clients often splurge on cabinet features related to function, aesthetics can be a draw as well. "I some- times like to mix in some character wood," she explains. "In my kitchen, the oil pullout has a faux multi-drawer look. The front is also walnut, so instead of being a boring pullout, it looks like something special." accessories and internal accessories are almost a given. Clients expect them to be part of the equation." Robertson agrees. "Cabinetry and storage is something I focus on," she says, acknowledging that her cabinets are prici- er because of the level of built-in customization. "It's what a lot of clients reach out to me for." In particular, extras such as lining waste can pullouts with stainless adds to the cost, but it also enhances durability. So does the metal strip she includes at the pullout's top edge, which provides extra protection in a place that can easily get bumped and chip if it were simply painted. "Stainless is also easy to clean," she adds. Custom-designed paper towel holders accompany most waste can pullouts. Often they are completely concealed and hidden above, but Robertson sometimes makes them open and accessible, depending on the client's preference. For Renee Iglesias, a typical splurge is for high-end ranges and appliances with specialized functions. In this kitchen she in- cluded a Miele refrigerator/freezer, electric cooktop, wok and dishwasher combined with a Sub-Zero undercounter refriger- ator, Wolf microwave drawer, Scotsman icemaker and Futuro Futuro stainless steel ventilation hood. Another splurge item was the addition of the Grothouse 2.5" walnut butcher block countertop that comple- ments the Silestone quartz on the island. Photos: Costa Christ Photography 52 Kitchen & Bath Design News • September 2018 DESIGN FLOURISHES

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