When asked why the designer chose Cambria, Sander says, “The clients were looking at a number of options. They had originally asked for granite, and while I deal in that as well, it’s just not right for every project and every client.”
Sander’s kitchen appears as the July entry in the Cambria Lifestyles Contest Calendar.
The Divers’ Kitchen
For the July kitchen, Sander worked with area contractor Troy Valdez of Highlands Ranch, CO-based Troy Valdez Custom Construction and Remodeling. The pair collaborated on another Cambria prize-winning project, which is featured in September in the Contest Calendar. For this kitchen, Sander provided the cabinets and countertops while Valdez did the primary design work and space planning.
“I’m a scuba diver, and that’s how I met the homeowners,” says Valdez. He collaborated with his adventurous clients extensively to make this massive, open-plan kitchen into the central hub of their home. “No matter what people come to the house for, it seems as if they always end up in the kitchen.”
The previous kitchen felt dark and closed-off, and the homeowners desired a lighter, open format that would be more conducive to entertaining. Valdez opened up a number of walls to add natural light and flow, creating a kitchen-centric Great Room in the process.
“Lighting was priority one,” the designer says, so he designed a scheme that uses a mix of cans, pendants, uplighting, task and indirect lighting.
The focal point is undoubtedly the 19' Cambria-topped island in Windsor, and the enormous 50" custom wood hood with a Vent-A-Hood liner. The island contains a GE Monogram 48" commercial-style range. Other appliances include a double oven, integrated refrigerator and undercounter wine cooler, also from GE Monogram.
The ceiling adds to the rustic charm, with 1'x6' tongue-in-groove wood panels that give the room a lodge-like feel, and match the cabinet finish.
The stunner of this design, though, is the lack of wall cabinetry. “The format manages to be extremely functional while keeping the wall cabinetry to a minimum,” says Valdez, who notes that of the RockGlen cabinets specified, only two are wall-hung.
Valdez added a number of Blum’s Blumotion glides and other roll-outs and pull-outs to create smart storage, as well as a corner pantry.
For ease in food preparation, the kitchen features both a vegetable sink in addition to the main one and a Tapmaster hands-free foot pedal to turn on the faucetry.
The New Year
Elisabeth Aiello’s kitchen was chosen to ring in 2009. Aiello, of Highlands Ranch, CO-based Kitchen Distributors, Inc., describes the kitchen she confronted heading into the remodel as “10 pounds of kitchen in a five pound bag.”
The Centennial, CO kitchen was cluttered, as an understatement, with an ill-fitted peninsula, an abundance of appliances and pot racks everywhere. Despite the 32'x22' layout, the space suffered from a lack of proper lighting.
Her client loves to cook, so Aiello’s biggest challenge was fitting in all of the appliances her client required while creating a logical flow to the room.
Among the features specified were cabinet pull-outs, mixer lifts, refrigerator drawers, a double oven and 48" range from Wolf, a Sub-Zero 736 integrated refrigerator, an induction cooktop, a steamer and two dishwashers.
Each of the two Franke sinks are positioned next to a dishwasher for ease during transfer.
The overall theme was highly traditional for the 23-year-old original kitchen. The original cabinetry was from Wood-Mode, and the homeowners again chose the company for their new installation.
“We kept Wood-Mode for its traditional charm, but chose an updated door style to bring the kitchen current,” says Aiello.
Aiello’s clients were looking at quartz surfaces for their durability, low-maintenance and consistency of pattern, and settled on Cambria for the colors the company offered. Cambria is also featured in the bar area, where Aiello took out a desk/work station and created the space from scratch with seating, wine storage and an icemaker.
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