Yarmouth, ME — Multi-tasking has become a way of life in today’s world, and that concept is not lost on Maine Kitchen Design and its newly expanded showroom. The 2,200-sq.-ft. showroom, located here, acts not only as a place to see high-end kitchen and bath products, but also as a major center for Italian tile, an interior decorating service and a cooking school.
The original showroom features a working kitchen with Dacor appliances, as well as five vignettes. “There are also a lot of little things throughout the showroom, such as built-in hutches, built-in bookcases in different colors and home office vignettes,” comments John G. Yates, CKD, CBD, principal/owner, Maine Kitchen Design.
For the latest addition to the showroom, Yates broke through the wall into an empty beauty salon, creating a large arch to connect old with new. A working kitchen and working bath, among other things, were installed in the new space.
Even larger than the other kitchen, the new live kitchen features Viking appliances in Lemonade. The room also features Luxor cabinets in two different color mediums, with the uppers sporting Lemonade appliances and base cabinets displaying a dark wood hue.
The island, which is located in the center of the room across from the cabinets, features a bi-level design. A granite countertop that matches the countertop along the wall takes its place on the lower portion of the island and features a prep sink, while the raised bar area – designed for seating – features a handmade copper countertop.
Tiles from Una Terra, made in Marinello, Italy, are a featured element in the new kitchen, as well as throughout the showroom. The tiles in the backsplash of the kitchen are from the Mosaici D’Italia line, and include shades of brown, tan and cream. The rhomboid-shaped tiles, called Diamanti, are displayed in a 12"-high band that goes along the top and bottom of the entire wall. Along the curved wall, a large diamond is outlined in Una Terra’s Desert Glass, glass tile infused with precious metal. Inside the diamond are Cubetti tiles that measure 3/8"x3/8".
In addition to the lines featured in the latest kitchen, Maine Kitchen Design also carries cabinets from Woodharbor Doors & Cabinetry, Inc., Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry and Jim Bishop Cabinets. Countertops featured include products from Caesarstone and Zodiaq, as well as a selection of granite, and showroom-featured products of African ivory granite, Jerusalem Gold limestone and concrete. Kitchen faucets are from Whitehaus Collection.
A separate area of the new space sports a distinctively shaped island with a selection of cabinet doors. “There are 20 different door styles, each featured in MDF in a different pastel color,” remarks Yates. “It’s a rainbow effect, and it’s all calculated so that each shade is equidistant on the color spectrum.”
At 36" high and topped with a Caesarstone countertop in pure white, the island is specifically designed to act as a presentation and color choice island for customers. Plans for the space include “lighting that follows the shape of the island, with high- and low-intensity light so that people can change the effect of the lighting to simulate what it’s going to look like in their homes,” explains Yates.
The bathroom in the latest addition to the showroom makes a dramatic statement in shades of aqua, white and blue. A white vanity is topped with a brushed marble slab in Crema Mara and Curvet’s Full Aquamarine vivid vessel sinks, which are paired with sleek wall-mounted faucets from Whitehaus Collection. A seat below the window continues the white cabinet and Crema Mara top, and features additional storage for towels and bathroom amenities.
The shower is made of ½" tempered glass that is totally seamless, according to Yates. “It features working Kohler body sprays and a Rohl ceiling-mounted sunburst rainforest showerhead.”
The tub fill for the bath, also from Kohler, fills from the ceiling. “You can see it pouring past the circular window in the room,” comments Yates.
The tub itself is fully tiled, matching the tiles used throughout the room. Maine Kitchen Design created a special blend of Una Terra tiles for the room in shades of aqua and blue. “It is a blend of Framenti and Reflessi tiles in Aquachiara and Oltremare,” comments Yates. “We blended them together in a random format, mixing a combination of 3"x3" and 1-1/4"x1-1/4" tiles. We added Ambre, a third color that is also featured in the floor, in 3"x3" diamonds turned sideways at 90 degrees.” A band in this color also travels around the room – through the shower and the tub. A brushed marble floor done in 12"x12" Crema Mara completes the room.
Yates notes that Maine Kitchen Design is trying to draw a wide range of customers to its showroom, though he acknowledges that 90 percent of the company’s target audience is consumers. Because of this, plans are in the works for attracting these customers to the showroom.
As part of the plan, the new kitchen will be used as the central site for a new cooking school sponsored by Maine Kitchen Design. While the older kitchen has played host to cooking classes, The Kitchen Act is a new concept for the showroom. A full-time chef will join the staff of three designers, and will conduct classes on evenings and weekends.
Yates also plans on bringing in a full-time interior decorator to expand the company’s offerings. “The cooking school and interior design provide a synergistic effect, because each one will increase the business of the other,” he stresses.