This is the kitchen my wife never had. Every complaint from every dysfunctional kitchen she’d ever used was addressed in my design for this kitchen. The previous owner took most of her kitchen with her so we removed everything but the microwave and started from scratch.
The appliances were all researched through Consumer Reports. We learned that the “professional” brands so many folks want are also the least reliable and most problematic. We chose common domestic brands that offered the best in performance and reliability. The modern birch veneer base cabinets are all drawers with the sink cabinet being the only exception. They also have dampers on each drawer to gently catch it and slowly close the last inch or so.
Everyone in the building loves the sense of history in the original surfaces of the old mill building but the old and peeling paint has a tendency to pop off and drop little chips on a regular basis. During our renovation we wire brushed and sealed all the old painted surfaces in the kitchen and other living areas to preserve yet stabilize the old paint and keep it on the walls and beams. Since I make lamps and lighting, instead of permanent lights, we had switch controlled outlets installed on or near the ceiling at strategic locations to make it easy to change and add lighting and allow for very flexible usage of space.
Bowling Alley Table
I stumbled onto this 7.5 ft. section of bowling alley and incorporated it into our new kitchen. Unfortunately for us I couldn’t fit it into the plans for our new house so it may be available to stay with the loft. I have a second shelf to go under the table and another 15″ section of top for a raised eating area. The under shelf was damaged when it first arrived so I built the table in this configuration and liked it so when the replacement for the damaged shelf arrived it never got installed. The whole setup cost about $1500 but I’ll sell it for $1000 with the stools if I don’t have to move it to a gallery.
The original kitchen had a 7 ft section of hand made tile by one of the artists in the building. In order to save it and stretch it out to over 20 ft. we added roof slates salvaged from a 100+ year old house and capped it with small stainless steel shelf.
This shot of the dining area next to the kitchen shows the deep window sills that are great for plant lovers. You can also see the translucent walls on the office with some white string lights just above the door on the right.