Nothing standard

Job Site by: Homebuilder - T&R Builders , Kitchen designer - Leah Heinsius

Kitchen takes custom-built to a new level


The interior designer who worked on this space chose to incorporate a walnut and white pallet, which the white kitchen cabinets contribute to, to provide a neutral classic background for the splash of color dictated by the homeowners’ eclectic style.

What used to be wasted space in this kitchen was transformed into a small office design with a lot of natural light and a pantry.

Upper cabinet lighting catches the texture of the beveled subway tiles and highlights the dimension in the granite along the narrow bar.



Pop-up outlets are hidden in the countertop to either side of the sink to accommodate various electronics used in the area.

Home wine racks vary in style and size depending on the taste of the owner; this one preferred something a little funkier with an eclectic design, so a modern steel wine rack was mounted on the wall at the kitchen entrance.

The deep, hammered metal bar sink contrasts dramatically with the sueded finish of the granite, created by applying wire brushes to remove particulates of the softer mica for a soft texture.



Every inch of space was planned to ensure the best storage and functionality for this organized home. Pull-out cutting boards sit just below the counter of the island, while the drawer below features built-in compartments to organize utensils and a separate china drawer features walnut pegs topped with nickel that can be moved to best hold dishes in place.

The sofa-depth window seat and pull-out storage were sunk into the new bay windows to serve as a reading or dining nook.

The scroll work of the antique glass window becomes functional art when framed in the wall, providing both light to the office and contributing to the eclectic decorating ideas used throughout the kitchen.



The refrigerator and ovens take the place of an unnecessary back staircase in the new kitchen’s footprint. The new technology of the steam oven can cook meals or reheat food that tastes like freshly prepared.

Clear pendant lights created by a local artist to replicate an antique store find hang over the island, which features a drawer microwave in stainless steel.

These custom cabinets cleverly hide many essentials and a few extras, like a spice rack, an area to store paper towels and even a drying rack for linens.



The apron, front sink and dishwasher sit in the new space created by bumping out the kitchen, incidentally providing a bright and generous expanse of workspace as well.

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