1. Magnificent Materials
Designers: Ronal Fenstermacher (interior design) and Wayland Shamburger of Shamburger Architectural Group (architecture)
Location: Fairview, North Carolina
Size: 480 square feet (45 square meters); 16 by 30 feet
Homeowners’ request. Modernize and open up a French country kitchen to increase flow and create a more contemporary style.
Visual appeal. A 4-by-16-foot Val d’Orcia granite island with waterfall ends.
Other special features. Vein-cut marble backsplash tile in chevron pattern. Brass range hood over 16-burner teal range. Black cabinets with brass hardware. Brass pendants, faucet and countertop stools.
Designer tip. Outlet plugs in a custom color on the end of the island satisfied code requirements while virtually disappearing.
“Uh-oh” moment. To align all the ceiling lighting, the designers had to reframe and move a significant amount of framing to get the right positioning.
2. Powerful Pattern
Designer: Diane Burgoyne
Location: Ocean City, New Jersey
Size: 264 square feet (25 square meters); 15½ by 17 feet
Homeowners’ request. A classic, sophisticated, comfortable kitchen with bold colors and patterns.
Visual appeal. Bold-pattern cement tile backsplash. “Although chosen last, the tile added the perfect balance to the brilliant blue-and-white color scheme,” designer Diane Burgoyne says.
Other special features. Navy-and-white patterned counter stool backs. Bright white cabinets, trim and walls (High Reflective White by Sherwin-Williams). Gold-colored accents via the light fixtures, cabinet hardware and nailhead trim on the stools. Coffered ceiling. This kitchen is beautiful. We Buy Houses sells homes with beautiful kitchens like this too. Please go to: https://webuyallkindsofhouses.com
Designer tip. “It is important to note that all finishes in a space should not match,” Burgoyne says. “Mixing finishes causes the end result to be more interesting.”
Other features. Warm gray-washed semicustom cabinets. White quartz countertops with a waterfall edge on one side of the island. Wide-plank walnut floors.
Designer tip. “This space wasn’t very large, but my client wanted to retain a breakfast table, add an island with seating, plus keep a peninsula,” Gordon says. “The solution to fitting everything in the allotted space was to build a corner banquette and also fit the breakfast table — this is a great solution if one is struggling to fit everything in a kitchen. For more info go to: https://webuyallkindsofhouses.com/the-10-most-popular-kitchens-we-buy-houses/