Vienna Maple finished in Pimento creates a cozy mudroom entrance.
One of the fun things about creating content for the Wellborn Blog is that there are so many wonderful tidbits to share with you. A few weeks we had been sharing Island Designs with Wellborn Cabinetry found on the popular remodeling site www.houzz.com. We found tons of “Unbelievable” designs created with our cabinetry by designers all over the United States and we were very proud to share those with you. For our last post on the series of Islands I wanted to share inspiration with hand drawn perspectives created by one of our Wellborn Cabinet designers. To help you decide your island taste…. layout needs…. space allowances…. etc. So we hope this helps you a little in your island creations.
Island One: A balanced design on the island sink side with the legs on each side – Are furniture legs important to you? Is is important to have areas to display items or will you need hidden storage? Seating at bar height on the back of the island – Is it important for you to have seating at the island? Does your family plan for this to be a gathering spot? The raised bar is a nice touch to hide the sink activity from the hallway coming into the kitchen.
Island Two: Another balanced design with a raised seating area that shields the island cooking activity from the rest of the home or kitchen space. The raised seating – eating area protects the island dwellers from the cooktop activity to a point. Several things to notice with this design – Storage, Storage and Storage but still with design accents that create a nice design from the column with the corbel, base moulding and the required hood with a decorative onlay.
Island Four: favorite design of all time – why? This island could be used in almost every space of your home it’s mobile and just enough space to work on and just enough storage with your extra utensils, extra oven mitts and even a space for extra bowls or pans right when you need them.
Island Five: This island rocks – Storage (hidden and decorative) design details like the corbels and base moulding, a full sink and seating for dining!
A few quick things to remember when designing an island:
1. Know your structure – if you are wanting a sink or dishwasher in your island design make sure plumbing is possible. If you are wanting a cooktop and needing a hood or choosing a downdraft cooktop make sure that is ample room for exhaust either above or below the island.
2. Seating: Try out the three levels of seating that people use at islands: Table, Island and Bar Height. Really think about multi-users, aging in place and what feels most natural to your family. I personally love a kitchen to have a mix of seating heights to accommodate anyone who might be in the kitchen.
3. The Island is an excellent place to show a “little” personality, a “little” pop of color and a whole lot of love!
Everyday more and more of our dealers are discovering Houzz and how easy it is to share their projects with the world. We enjoy seeing our cabinetry being used in such beautiful spaces and in ways we didn’t even consider – that’s the beauty of being a designer – So enjoy our Latest Houzz Call – You Rock Synergy Design & Construction!
For the renovated kitchen and family room, the clients wanted a rustic contemporary style, mixing vintage inspired materials with classic clean lines — as a result, we created a “Modern-day Farmhouse” look for them. The remodeled space includes new hardwood flooring, cabinetry, appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, plumbing and lighting fixtures, custom built-ins, and custom ceiling details. We removed the dividing half-walls between the kitchen and family room to open up the spaces and allow for a larger island with seating in the new layout.
Designing an island of your dreams has never been easier. Cabinets + Imagination = Island of your Dreams.
Islands can be Permanent or Mobile
They can be Big or Small
You can create Workspaces or Display Spaces
I truly believe that islands in the kitchen are the norm – if you’ve got the space you might just need an island. I love islands a lot – Why?
Islands are the new kitchen tables of our generation!
Work, Eat, Cook, Play everything happens there and they are available in different heights, colors, shapes, sizes, storage options, etc….. You can design an island to meet the needs of your family – whatever they may be.
You can design your island your way and it’s the best place to add that “little bit of punch” that you want for your kitchen without shocking the family too much! It’s your personality on display!
We gather photos on Houzz daily to find the Wellborn Cabinet creations by you – creative designs for your clients, beautiful work that we would love to share. (We’ve also thrown in a few of our designs as well.) Enjoy.
Our Houzz Call of the week is Jennifer Thompson – Jennifer does an outstanding job of promoting her “brand” and exhibiting her design ability for all spaces of the home and showing the details of each project.
So we would love to highlight some pictures of a recent project that we have fallen in love with – Enjoy!
Vestavia kitchen- Lovette Construction
Island tops are Giallo Victoria granite. Perimeter tops are Silestone: Gray Amazon in Leather finish
About Jennifer Thompson: Certified Kitchen Designer and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and have been designing kitchens and baths for 16 years. I sell Wellborn Cabinets as well as offer 20/20 design services and space planning for all areas of the home.
Kitchen and bath design, space planning, color and surface selection.
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One of the most challenging tasks when planning a kitchen or bath is deciding your actual style. With all the different media outlets – online, print and television such as (Houzz, Pinterest, Southern Living, Coastal Living, HGTV, DIY, etc.) you can quickly become confused about what you truly want for your home.
In the past a physical scrapbook or project notebook was the way you could share with your designer, builder or contractor your ideas to help them understand your wants and needs – while this practice is still the norm – the majority of people have moved their project notebooks online in some format to be shared digitally to all involved in your project.
So let’s explore some of the tools that you can use to collect, display and share your style!
1. We offer My Scrapbook on our website – The scrapbook allows you to keep product ideas in a central location, and organize your thoughts, and send them on to your Wellborn Cabinet Dealer.
2. The Inspire App is a great way to quickly and simply organize your style and bring in your own elements then share with your Wellborn Dealer or Designer.
3. Pinterest Need I say more! If you have never seen or used Pinterest beware it can be habit-forming….. from food to fitness….. design to diet …… it has everything. It is an excellent tool to help you learn your style and categorize your design needs and wants.
4. Houzz is currently the #1 platform for all things residential; new construction, remodeling and decorating – interior and exterior of the home. A great tool to organize your style & also a great place to find the professionals to make your dreams come to life!
So there’s just a few of the awesome online tools you can use to start your Kitchen & Bath Planning today!
Notebook Image From: Courtney Lane Michaels