Situated downtown in the South Loop, the goal for this kitchen was to create a luxurious entertainment space. Where there was no island, no seating, and just the most basic one-wall kitchen, we expanded to something stylish with all the extra flares you could want.
You can see the remains of the original kitchen here, with its straight single-wall profile and black appliances. The cabinets’ bright red breckenridge doors (something of a grandma to the current shaker trend) with their raised headers (read: fake drawers) traded in for clean, modern slabs. The new cabinets are custom from UltraCraft, with natural cherry on the lowers and an off-white acrylic on the uppers. The combination of the two offers the like air of white acrylic, while still feeling grounded in the wood. It renders a space that’s homey without being heavy (and saves some space in the budget).
The sink has been traded for a single-bowl undermount, then updated with new chrome fixtures. The backsplash now a classic white subway tile (in a trend that will ostensibly never end). And, thankfully, all the black appliances have been replaced with stainless steel, as seen below with the fridge and dishwasher. Of course, my favorites are in the island.
The island is the literal and figurative centerpiece of this kitchen. It’s the first thing you see walking in, and also contains the most surprises. Let’s work from the bottom up.
We see a continuation of the cherry wood, but what looks like more slab panels is actually a long series of doors. In one of the below photos, you’ll see hidden pulls right under the counter, opening 12″ cabinets. Except where there are appliances built in, the island has 360-degree storage. Walking around to the other side by the pantry, you’ll find both an oven and a beverage fridge, matching the rest of the stainless steel appliances.
Moving up, we then have these quartz counters. Quartz is a dream for kitchen use because it has the movement and durability of natural stone, but without the need for regular maintenance, and with a smaller environmental impact. Here we have a white calacatta vicenza quartz from MSI, and with just a hint of marble pattern.
As you must have noticed, we also have an isolated cooktop for social cooking. Directly above is a discrete vent; in actuality, it’s a full hood that has the illusion of a built in because of this overhang. All the electric work runs up that center column, while the recessed lighting provides solid illumination without taking up a lot of space.