Kitchen & Bath Design News

MAR 2019

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homeowners' love of color via the cabinetry's Benjamin Moore Blue Hydrangea hue. The kitchen's perimeter showcases several appliances from Elmira Stove Works' Antique line, including a refrigerator, microwave and gas range, all in the company's Bisque color. "Working with retro-style appliances can create design challenges because of their unique styling," Swart notes. "For example, this stove has an overhang on the side as well as a switch for its interior lighting that is right in line with the countertops. To maintain access to that switch, we can't run the cabinets right up to the appliance so there is a slight gap, so now the end gables are visible and need to be finished. The stove also has pedestal feet so the flooring needs to extend underneath it. All of those details mean we need to have great communication with everyone involved in the project." The stove's self-ventilating functionality eliminated the need for a traditional ventilation hood so, in its place, Swart created a custom shelving unit that the homeowner can use to display special items. Its styling echoes ele- ments from the lower-level kitchen. "She loves the ventilation hood in the lower-level kitchen," he says. "She wanted to include it in their personal kitchen, but it just didn't work with the style of the stove, so we designed this shelf to give her a similar look." Swart's clients chose to repeat the Cambria Buckingham quartz for their countertops for both the perimeter and sizeable island, which is home to the main sink, dishwasher, garbage/re- cycling center, wine rack and plenty of storage. It also provides in-kitchen seating. Unlike many kitchen designs, the kitchens here do not feature a traditional tile backsplash behind the range. That is due to the home's log construction, Swart explains, which can make design a bit more challenging from several as- pects, especially incorporating design elements associated with exterior walls. "A traditional tile backsplash can chip over time because there is a certain amount of shrink- age that happens to the logs," he says, adding that both kitchens included ranges located on exterior walls. "After a new log home is built, there are adjustments that need to be made to accommodate for that shrinkage. It also affects how we install cabinetry since we can't scribe the cabinets like we do in other kitchens. There is a lot of preplanning that needs to happen when working with log homes, and communication between everyone is important to ensure the home meets client expectations." ▪ Antique-style appliances, such as the Elmira Stove Works gas range, influenced many of the material and product choices throughout the main-level kitchen. 38 Kitchen & Bath Design News • March 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS CONNECTION TO THE INDUSTRY SUBSCRIBE to the Kitchen & Bath Design News weekly newsletter to receive the latest news and product information in your inbox. Circle No. 21 on Product Card

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