Tennyson on the Quarry- Part 2 A Semi-Custom Ikea Kitchen

When we started this project the kitchen was all white with lower cabinets from Ikea. I personally love an all white kitchen but we really wanted to bring all the beautiful earthy colors in from the granite of the quarry. We also removed the wall of cabinets below to open up the flow of the space.

 We removed the cabinets going into the living room to allow for better flow

We removed the cabinets going into the living room to allow for better flow

 A Before picture

A Before picture

When we removed the the wall of cabinets we lost much needed storage so we decided to add upper cabinets. Custom cabinets were out of the budget so we went with a blend of off the shelf Ikea cabinet boxes and drawers with custom doors. We had the doors custom made and then sprayed by our painter. While I'll always love full custom cabinets,  Ikea cabinets are by far the best option for someone on budget or with a tight time frame. They will perform better than any other stock melamine cabinet box (what you find at any big box store for both stock and semi-custom options). They use the best quality Blum hinges, offer more size and style options, have by far the best drawer box designs, and offer a wide range of drawer organizers.  A lot of designers and architect I know now spec Ikea cabinets for these reasons.

 The new semi custom doors.

The new semi custom doors.

We also added a deeper countertop by the sink for more counter space and a place stools.

 The deeper counter top and bar stools. 

The deeper counter top and bar stools. 

One of the biggest challenges about using Ikea cabinets to fit existing layout is the sizing. There are a lot of options but the cabinets still come in set sizes and that can make designing and installing the cabinets a logistical nightmare! Oh, and don't forget the dreaded trip to Ikea!

In mid-coast Maine we are about 4 hours to the nearest Ikea. This makes the trip even more stressful. I won't add my personal shopping drama here, but believe me crazy things can happen.

 

Quarry House Update:Entry and Kitchen

I've been hard at work tweaking the first floor of the Quarry Project. As you might remember we're approaching this project in two stages (You can read more about this project in another blog post here).  This is the beginning of the design plan  along with some initial mood boards I put together for the client for inspiration. 

 The view looking at the home 

The view looking at the home 


 A peak at a revised floor plan for the stage 1 of the renovation including updating the kitchen. 

A peak at a revised floor plan for the stage 1 of the renovation including updating the kitchen. 

 The entry and sitting area. 

The entry and sitting area. 

 The kitchen. 

The kitchen. 

Quarry Project

I'm getting underway on an exciting new project. It's a beautiful property with its own quarry for swimming. How amazing is that?

                                                 This is the private quarry. Wouldn't you love to have this in your backyard?

                                                This is the private quarry. Wouldn't you love to have this in your backyard?

However, the house is a bit of a hodgepodge dating back to the 1930's with many crazy additions and very low ceilings.  Our goal is to breathe new life in the home fixing some funky layouts and capitalizing on the beautiful view. We will be working in two stages. Stage 1 will get the home ready for rentals this summer. Stage 2 is a larger renovation and addition slated for next year. The client will be renting the home out in the summers and spending weekend there in the winter.   We want the space to reflect a masculine sensibility while bringing in some of the amazing granite colors from the quarry. The client enjoys traditional interior design elements and formal spaces.

Here's some eye candy that's inspiring me on this project. 

                                                                                                Tom Scheerer

                                                                                               Tom Scheerer

                                                                                     Design by Monique Gibson

                                                                                    Design by Monique Gibson

I'm loving the layered textured quality of these interiors by two of my favorite designers Monique Gibson and Tom Scheerer.