Building Our Dream Home – Kitchen Reveal

Well, we are all moved in and I’m happy to report we are FINALLY ready to start revealing some of our rooms! Yay! It’s been an interesting journey to say the least.

Today, I am so pleased to be able to take you through the new Kitchen Reveal! Alllll the photos are down below, along with all the details!

*If you’re just joining us, this is another installment of a series documenting the building of our personal dream home.  So far we’ve tackled: Inspiration | Floorplan | Location | Breaking Ground | Roofing | Windows | Insulation | Sheetrock & Plaster  | Selecting Paint Selecting Flooring | Selecting Bathtubs | Selecting Lighting | Selecting Fans | Selecting Cabinets | Powder Room Reveal | Selecting Countertops

Inspiration for the Design

If you haven’t already seen my Selecting Cabinets blog post I shared my main source of inspiration for the design of the kitchen cabinets and island. Here’s a quick recap!

The kitchen is open plan with the double-height family room adjacent, overlooking the English Garden and placed smack in the middle of the mudroom and playroom…making it quite a huge space and a central “hub”. We always knew we wanted an open plan kitchen space as we love to cook and socialize with our kids. For that reason a large island was a non-negotiable! Plus I wanted a feature range hood and some glass fronted cabinets, too.

Throughout my years as a designer I have been truly inspired by the cabinetry work by Christopher Peacock. In case you missed it, I dedicated a whole blog post on his beautiful work and my mildly obsessive design crush.  You can go back and swoon over here. I absolutely love how he uses a variety of finishes throughout his work and pairs this with traditional furniture style cabinets. For our dream home there was no question about who I would draw inspiration from for our cabinets.

Amazing inspiration photo from Christopher Peacock

I decided to create my own formula of paint for the walls and cabinets called Evans Greige! You can read more about how I made our paint color selections here.

For the floors…dark wood was a must. I love how it grounds the space and makes everything else look so rich. We used these Shaw Floors in throughout the home and couldn’t be happier!

Cabinets

From this gorgeous inspiration image, I got to work with my amazing cabinet makers! We worked with our go-to local cabinetmaker, here in Florida, Carson’s Cabinetry & Design. I cannot say enough about them! Their quality and craftsmanship is fantastic and, best of all, they are reliable and easy to work with.

Planning the kitchen so the design was practical and stylish at the same time was the top priority. I wanted a modern feeling space that would also last us for many, many years – a timeless but fresh kitchen was the goal!

This is the final floor plan for the kitchen:

Drawing by Carson's Cabinetry & Design

For the cabinets here, design-wise I want them to look like furniture. The base helps to make them look built in. And having them painted in white were – and always will be – the choice for me. I love the clean and light look because it’s a timeless classic but also looks contemporary.

And here’s a 3D view of the kitchen cabinets!

I absolutely LOVE the design of the cabinets! A modern classic that will never go out of style. Drawing by Carson's Cabinetry & Design

I knew I wanted to do something different in this kitchen. So in the main run of cabinets – either side of the range area – I decided to stack glass cabinets on top of the countertop. These cabinets will be great for storing glasses, vases and other display-worthy items!

Inset cabinets were a must-have for me. They are more expensive (by about 30%) but they’re definitely worth it! They really create that furniture feel which is exactly what I wanted. And as we plan to live in this house for many years – it was a no brainer to go the extra mile!The detailing at the base of the cabinets make them look more built-in and furniture-like which I absolutely love. And we had them painted in our signature Evans Greige paint color!

 

COUNTERTOPS

I chose to pair our neutral kitchen cabinets with Calacutta Gold countertops! You can catch up with the design process in my previous blog post on Selecting Countertops.

Gorgeous marble from UMI

Plumbing

With the main sink in the kitchen island it was important to choose good quality plumbing fixtures here!

For the sink I knew I wanted to use a Kohler product because they are a reliable brand that design and supply fantastic sinks. Under mount sinks look more premium and modern so that narrowed down the search, and I love the cast iron material used for this one (and I can confirm – I love it!)

Next up is the kitchen faucet to go with the under mount sink!

As the general design direction for the kitchen is classic, modern and Hamptons inspired, I decided to get a more traditional and classic looking faucet that features a bridge design. It also has a side spray! I chose the polished nickel finish to match the hardware.

Appliances

 Sub-Zero and Wolf have always been on my dream appliance list!

First up is the range. This 48″ Wolf range anchors the rear wall and was definitely a splurge. I was able to configure it just how I like…4 burners, a griddle and a grill. Perfect!

I also selected two 30” refrigerator and freezer combo! Having lots of space available for entertaining and when all the family are over was crucial.

And for the dishwasher we chose the 24” panel front from Sub-Zero  and the microwave too.

Hardware

As the jewels to the kitchen cabinets, hardware plays an important part of the overall design for the kitchen so getting it right is key!

To begin with, I considered using brass to really make the design “pop” and would give a modern and trendy look but after careful consideration, I settled with polished nickel. It’s a classic finish that works perfectly with the tones running through the marble of the countertops. I also feel like nickel for the hardware is more timeless than something like brass.

Again I took some inspiration from Christopher Peacock, and I reference this amazing blog post by Willow Decor! They go through each piece of hardware that Peacock uses for his kitchens – including some funny looking latches that actually make the design too! – so it’s well worth the read if you’re a fan.

Now I’ll take you through some of the hardware choices.

I have chosen these cup cabinet pull style handles for the drawers as they are really practical and give a farmhouse style feel to the drawers:

And for the main tall cabinets I’ve gone for these slightly icebox latches! I really like these because they’re modern with a slight traditional feel.

I chose these BEAUTIFUL cabinet latches for the super high-up cabinets above and the glass fronted ones. I’m in love with them!!

And of course, I had to choose some classic knobs for some of the smaller drawers and cabinets.

Counter-Stools

I added some back-less counter stools to the island to create a casual and more social area to the kitchen. The stools are a rustic find and really emphasizes the farmhouse detailing I wanted throughout!

Lighting

The pendant lights above the kitchen island were another huge detail for the space that I wanted to get right, and knew they would make or break the kitchen! These gorgeous Polished Nickel lights are from Hudson Valley, of course!

 

Range Hood

For our dream kitchen we had a custom hood made from the cabinet company for the width of the range area. This makes the range a real feature of the kitchen with the marble splash back. It looks pretty and matches the cabinetry, but really it’s just a shell…what’s underneath is the amazing part! We used ProLine‘s hood insert inside this and love it. It’s super quiet and does it’s job to perfection! What I really am drawn to with style of range hood is this is the fact that you can have the workhorse of the Kitchen built in basically. Once you use something like this, there’s no going back!

Proline's 48" Hurricane Range Hood
See...you can't even see it, but it's there...working to perfection!

Drawer Inserts

Drawer inserts are an absolute MUST for anyone getting custom kitchen cabinets made! (In fact – they are a must-have for pretty much everyone!) Everything is well organized in this kitchen, thanks to the amazing drawer inserts – it will make cooking and any preparation so much easier for everyone.

Including knife slots for this drawer was a no brainer! It reduces any risk of injuries because the blades are all facing downwards instead of getting mixed up / upside down in a normal open space drawer.

These slanted inserts are AMAZING for storing herbs and other small jars:

I love the separate compartments of this drawer! Perfect for all those kitchen utensils that would previously get shoved into whatever spare drawer I can find! It is so much easier to see what you have in each drawer with these inserts:

AND NOW FOR ALLLLL THE Photos!

So…what do you think? I’d love to hear your thoughts! We are in LOVE!

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