Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2014

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24 | Kitchen & Bath Design News April 2014 Project Case Study { Spotlight on creative, problem-solving kitchens and baths } Another luxury of the large space is the nearly 10'x5.5' island, which fea- tures maple custom cabinetry from Orchard Hill topped by Yellow River Brushed Granite. One of the biggest challenges Thelen faced was choosing the countertop, he relays. "Most countertop slabs can't accommodate this size of island," he says. "So I se- lected the stone frst, then fnalized the cabinetry order." The island serves as a sec - ond work space and features seating for in-kitchen din- ing, a wine refrigerator and a prep sink that is fttingly positioned near the Viking range and ventilation hood. "Having a prep sink next to the range is convenient," he says. "And I intentionally lo- cated the refrigerator away from the main cooking area to help with the trafc fow of kids coming and going." TIMBER LODGE FEEL T helen h ig h l ig hte d t he kitchen with a strong fo- cal point of natural stone columns t hat fra me t he cooking area. Working with the stone – which came from a quarry across the border in Wisconsin – proved to be challenging, given each piece's individuality. "Each stone has a difer- ent thickness and overall size," says the designer. "The installation took quite a bit of time and patience, and I worked closely with the stone cutter to ensure accuracy. There were a lot of details in achieving the fnished look." Thelen accented the stone with a reclaimed timber beam – salvaged from a Wisconsin home – above the range that matches the ceiling beam over the nearby breakfast area. A complementary detail to the cooking area is the rect- SUBURBAN LUXURIES ⇧ The Miele cofeemaker as well as the 30" Viking refrigerator, separate 30" Viking freezer and foor- to-ceiling pantry make life easier for a family that includes two teenagers. Another 'luxury' feature is two waste containers, one of which is located near the prep sink in the island, ofering convenience and capacity for the amount of waste teenagers can generate. "These are all luxuries that go back to a suburban home," says the designer. Hand craftsmanship is what Ronbow ® is all about. From design to fnish to fnal assembly, we frst employ the vision of world-renowned designers. We then utilize a 10-step fnishing process to our furniture grade cabinetry that includes hand-sanding of surfaces and staining. After sealing and drying, the surfaces are again hand sanded and each piece is hand inspected for cleanliness and smoothness. Finally, our skilled American assemblers bring perfectly ftted dove-tail construction and German sourced metal hinges together to ensure that each piece of Ronbow ® furniture is built to perfection. KBD_22-25_PCS.indd 24 3/14/14 8:58 AM

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