Kitchen & Bath Design News

OCT 2018

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Dolan has noticed a trend toward more customized storage, esp ecially as it relates to coffee and beverage needs. This can be accomplished with the use of specialized drawer inserts. "Some people are getting into mixology, too," he adds, indicating that clients are looking for more ways to store liquor in and around the kitchen. "Storage for high-end liquors goes beyond just a simple wine rack." Martin has also seen a trend toward more specific storage needs. Sometimes that specificity finds him and his partner evaluating accessories for uses beyond their intended purpose. "For example, bread boxes are available for base cabinets," notes Kilbourne. "But no one uses them for bread anymore. Instead, our clients with pets will use them to store pet food. We've also used jewelry trays typically used in a bathroom as organizers in junk drawers. Not every storage accessory has to be used for its specific purpose. We often get creative." Another trending storage accessory for Kilbourne and Martin is integrated lighting built into the cabinetry. "It's especially useful for corners," says Martin. "When you open the door, you can see what's inside." While storage accessories can be relatively high-tech, Burton and McCulloch both appreciate low-tech solutions. For Burton, one of her favorites is a sawtooth spice insert located near the range. "It's actually a relatively basic, old standby," she says. "But I think it's awesome to be able to open a drawer and find whatever spice you need at a glance. To me, it's an ideal way to store spices." McCulloch appreciates low-tech solutions because they are relatively inexpensive. "And, they don't generally break," she notes. One her favorites is floating shelves. "I personally love open storage," she says. "It is really effi- cient and it allows for an easy grab. Kitchens, in addition to hav- ing to be aesthetically pleasing, also have to be work spaces." ▪ "There has been a big push from people who are trying to get away from [single-use] plastic water bottles, which means they need to find a place to store their reusable ones," he says. "Instead of putting them on a shelf in an upper cabinet, which can be cumbersome, they are storing them in a drawer, some- times one with a divider for storing lids and straws separately." The same philosophy applies to plastic containers and lids. "Finding a place for all the Tupperware, Pyrex and Rubbermaid is still an issue," he continues. "People used to try to stack them neatly, but now I am getting more requests for 30"- to 36"-wide drawers that are very deep." To further enhance the usefulness of a drawer, designers sometimes include double drawers, or drawers within a draw- er, and peg/dowel systems, which are particularly helpful for plates, bowls and glasses. "A popular concept, especially for pots, pans and lids, is to have a small drawer above a big drawer, both behind one draw- er face," says McCulloch. "Lids can be stored in the smaller drawer and pans in the larger one." The increased popularity of peg/dowel systems in drawers is, in part, driven by a decline in wall cabinets, which has forced dishware into drawers. Increased plate size plays a role as well. "Dinner plates are getting larger," says Burton, "so for wall cabinets, we'll do a standard 13" depth instead of 12". For plates stored in base cabinets, we'll use deep drawers with a peg sys- tem that prevents contents from sliding as a drawer is opened." "Pegs are absolutely trending now," adds Nunes, who indi- cates they are one of her favorite storage solutions, along with mixer lift-ups. "They are turning drawers into new uppers! "They are a great way to organize plates, cups and plastic containers, even pots and lids," she continues. "And, they are adjustable and removable so, if for some reason a client gets tired of them, they can simply remove the pegs and turn the drawer into a traditional deep drawer." Margie McCulloch likes to use open storage in her kitchen de- signs. Often that is in the form of floating shelves, but in this kitchen she included open storage in the form of roll-out stainless steel shelves beneath the cooktop to give easy access to pots and pans. Many of Margie McCulloch's clients love to incorporate drawers into their kitchens. To further enhance their usefulness, she often incorporates a drawer within a drawer where multiple drawers are behind one drawer face. In this kitchen, the homeowner stores lids in the smaller drawer and pots in the deeper one. Margie McCulloch is a firm believer that anything that can pull out, should pull out. Photos: Margie McCulloch 60 Kitchen & Bath Design News • October 2018 SPACE-SAVING IDEAS

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