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!
James Stratton of DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen is a Dream Kitchen Designer and a Wellborn Design Winner!
James entered his “Townhome Treasure” in the (Large Kitchen (>42 sq ft of Countertops) Type: Remodel) Category and won.
We are proud to share his work with you! Enjoy the images and his design statement below.
When you walked into this Townhome you were faced with an outdated and cramped kitchen.
The customer wanted her guests to be greeted by a bright, “up to date” space which incorporated a warm classic style.
Now, as you enter this townhome you are drawn into the sophisticated, modern kitchen with its touch of European styling.
The diminutive space and placing of skylights made opening the kitchen difficult. By expanding the room into the laundry room both obstacles were overcome. The washer and dryer had to be placed inside the kitchen which created a blemish to the design.
By “hiding” the washer and dryer behind matching Wellborn cabinetry customized bi-fold doors, a balance and continuity was established which ultimately contributed to the design of this space.
With the extensive choices of door styles and accessories that Wellborn offers, cabinets that were oak and ordinary were replaced by Monterey Maple Cabinetry finished in Glacier. This made a homely kitchen come to life with sophistication and warmth.
White tile countertops were replaced with beautiful granite.
Using the colors in the granite a distinctive backsplash in a three-dimensional design was an artful addition, a pleasing change from the plain blue and white tile backsplash that existed before.
The design of the workspace is redefined by changing a closed “u” to a more open design.
The island has an elegant 6cm OG round over edge, giving prominence to the black granite composite under mount sink.
The heated tile floor provided a literal warmth which allowed the customer to function a little easier on those cold winter mornings, as opposed to the vinyl floor which existed before.
Recessed lighting, classy pendants and natural skylights created general and task lighting which made
a dreary kitchen more brilliant and workable, and added to the panache of the design.
Attention to detail was followed all the way down to the hardware on the cabinet doors in a collaboration of different
This created a customized look, which the client loved!
Designer: James Stratton
DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Photographer: email@example.com
On our Pinterest site we have several boards dedicated to our dealers, designers and home owners. Our Pinner Designed Kitchens Board is a Collection of great designs from our dealers and designers – check out their sites as well! If you are a Wellborn Dealer and would like to showcase your designs. Just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are a few of the great designs that have been pinned so far!
Boards like this are a great way to showcase your projects and also a great way to collaborate with fellow dealers and designers!
Can’t wait to see & post more of your work!
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner Announcement
Ashland, AL: Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has successfully launched its sixth consecutive Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway and is proud to announce that a winner has been chosen! This is the first of many Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaways that will include open registration allowing each person to enter online on any of Wellborn’s websites.
Beth Hajek of Cromwell, Connecticut was randomly selected out of nearly 10,000 entries as the sixth Dream Kitchen Makeover Winner. Beth will receive a kitchen makeover valued up to $12,000 featuring cabinetry by Wellborn.
The winning dealer, Fiderio & Sons of Meriden, Connecticut has been working with Beth on ordering her new kitchen prior to being notified of her winning the giveaway. Beth was surprised “ambush style” in Fiderio & Sons showroom on December 5, 2012.
John Fiderio (owner) expressed “We are so happy that one of our customers has won Wellborn’s Dream Kitchen Makeover. We look forward to helping them create the kitchen of their dreams.”
Enter for your chance to win the next Dream Kitchen Makeover Giveaway beginning January 1st! Visit Wellborn.com for the Official Rules and details.
Floating Shelves are a great modern way to achieve more display or storage space without a lot of anything else. You know it’s really not floating right? ….. 🙂