Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Polly Nunes believes that drawers are the new uppers. In this kitchen – designed in collaboration with Frank Inserra, Mit- erBox – drawers take the place of upper cabinets, which were eliminated to bring the outdoors in. She often includes large islands in her designs with plenty of drawer storage as well as a microwave drawer. This pantry was designed to handle all the dishes and small appliances. It is faced with custom wainscoting that features pol- ished chrome inserts, a marble countertop for appliance storage and open shelves for dishes. Drawers include custom inserts like utensil dividers, silverware dividers, a knife block and peg systems. A walk-in pantry was also added to this kitchen. On its exterior, it features custom doors that match the cabinets and invisible door hinges. Its interior provides plenty of storage that was needed with the elimina- tion of upper cabinets. Wayne Martin, AKBD/managing partner/designer, William & Wayne, in Seattle, WA, concurs: "When a kitchen is orga- nized and everything is put away in its proper place, a kitchen becomes much more usable and ergonomically freeing for the homeowner." Margie McCulloch, designer/owner, Red Pepper Kitchen+Bath|Red Pepper Design & Cabinetry, in Boulder, CO, indicates that although most storage solutions are behind closed doors and drawers, they still have an enormous impact on how people feel about their kitchens. "People love their kitchens and are so happy to be in them when their stuff is organized," she believes. "They feel better about being in the kitchen…and cooking! The best compli- ment I ever received was from a client who said her new kitchen changed the family culture at dinner time. Her little girls were able to reach their plates and cups, and they could set their own places at the dinner table. Plus, everything was in reach for two busy, working parents. An organized kitchen made them happier and better able to work together." DESIGN TIPS Although designers agree about the value and importance of adequate and effective storage, they indicate there can be design challenges and client preferences that compromise its existence. One of the most notable is a trend toward fewer wall cabinets. "We work in more contemporary homes with a lot of win- dows so we don't have upper cabinets, which changes storage and moves it into base cabinets," says Martin. He notes that, with the right organizational accessories, base cabinet storage alone can, in general, accomplish the same storage volume as Photos: Bob Skinner October 2018 • 55

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