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OCT 2018

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base cabinets used in conjunction with wall cabinets, while allowing easy access to contents. Burton also often faces challenges associated with clients who want more windows. To make up for lost storage, she utilizes tall/pantry cabinets wherever possible. "When we do a big window over a sink, we'll do tall cabinetry on an inside wall, maybe next to a refrigerator," she says. "We can gain some lost storage by capturing the space between the bottom of a wall cabinet and a countertop." Nunes indicates that, in addition to losing storage space to windows, removing walls and incorporating more appliances also negatively influence storage capacity. "Clients are requesting more open space for family interac- tion and entertaining," she explains. "But eliminating walls forces designers to look at base cabinets and pantries in a whole new light. Also, people used to just need one refrigerator, a sink and a range. Nowadays, they have two refrigerators, sometimes two dishwashers, a beverage refrigerator, a large cooktop, microwave drawers, double ovens, etc. More appliances mean less cabinetry." To accommodate this, Nunes, like Burton, gravitates toward tall cabinets. "Large islands also come into play, and walk-in pantries are a must have!" she adds. Dolan sees pantries as a way to maximize storage capacity as well. "One of the best solutions, if space allows, is a walk-in pan- try," he says. "It solves a lot of problems because we can line it with shelves at different depths and heights to accommodate everything from occasionally used appliances to large bags of dog food. It can also be a less expensive option because a client isn't spending money on custom cabinets." Dolan also indicates that storage is being challenged by electronics moving into the kitchen. "People need places to store and charge their devices," he states, noting a progression from a single laptop in the kitchen to a laptop, tablet and phone…from each family member. "We've tried putting them in another room like the study, a bedroom or an office. But they all end up in the kitchen. People used to fight it, but now they're accepting that electron- ics will be in the kitchen, so we need to create space for them." That often means repurposing former built-in kitchen desk areas that have gone unused for their initial purpose, ultimate- ly turning into more of a junk zone than functional workspace. "It's a neat space to recreate," he continues. "We can replace the knee hole once used for a chair with drawers. The A sawtooth spice rack is one of Diana Burton's favorite storage solutions. In this transitional kitchen, it is combined with a lift-up appliance garage, a pull-out utensil holder and a 'command central' feature at the end of a run of cabinets. The concept is popular with clients who want to organize mail as well as charge electronics in the kitchen. Diana Burton often uses peg systems in base cabinet drawers to organize plates, bowls and glasses, but she finds them useful to prevent any kitchen item from sliding as a drawer is opened. Pull-out interior fittings also help to increase access to larger pots and pans. Photos: Drury Design 56 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 SPACE-SAVING IDEAS

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