I am always impressed when I see a thoughtful solution to a tough design problem or a creative approach to a standard design. I always look carefully at designs whether in a magazine, a home or a showroom. I like to see what makes them ‘tick’. In looking at some of the entries in the recent Waypoint Living Spaces Showcase Your Space design contest I found several interesting solutions that I thought I would share with you.
Under Stair Storage
A leak in the basement led to a total lower level remodel. Premiere Floors Inc. of Sterling Virginia came up with a design for storage that follows the line of the stairs up to the first floor. Using a combination of wall cabinets (with and without doors), a book shelf and a drawer base, a unique solution is created that makes the most of an often unused area. It’s all finished off with a wide angled top that acts as a handrail. The interesting thing is that more and more space becomes available under the steps as the stairs go higher, some cabinets can even be recessed.
While the job wasn’t completed when this shot was taken…the hardware wasn’t installed yet, the concept was worth sharing.
When Architecture Gets in the Way
Sometimes architecture just gets in the way. That’s what happened in this kitchen. A structural beam running along the cathedral ceiling really posed a challenge to Universal Factory Direct of Portsmouth NH. Instead of just using shorter cabinets, stacked wall cabinets were paired with a shorter Wall Corner Cabinet creating a niche perfect for a decorative item. A good solution to a tough problem.
While this job wasn’t completed when this shot was taken…the hardware wasn’t installed not the top molding yet, the concept was worth sharing.
Making Every Detail Beautiful
When you have a kitchen this beautiful, even the area under the snack bar is important. After all it’s at eye level when sitting in the adjacent space. The designer at Veigl Custom Homes didn’t overlook a thing on this project. A combination of decorator matching doors, fluted fillers and carved corbels make the back of the peninsula nothing short of magnificent. Even the baseboard shows off all the detail it deserves.
Corner Window Challenge
I’ve seen many corner kitchen windows in my day. It’s another case where architecture can get in the way because you are almost obligated to use a corner sink. Changing window locations is often all but impossible.
What I liked about this solution done by KSA Kitchens of Purcellville VA is the shelf added to the window area. You’ll also notice that the windows are casement (crank out) style which makes opening them a good bit easier than double hung windows. The dishwasher is correctly placed with a cabinet in between it and the angled sink base. It’s an often overlooked detail that does take a bit more plumbing but allows for the user to have adequate floor space to stand when loading the dishwasher.
Design is always in the details and these clever solutions prove that point.