Talk: Design Courses From 9 Stunning Kitchens

Talk: Design Courses From 9 Stunning Kitchens

Talk: Design Courses From 9 Stunning Kitchens

I don’t know about you, but I can never appear to get my load of kitchen remodeling ideas. I was excited when I came across the rooms designed by Fivecat Studio, a four-person architecture company based in Pleasantville, New York.

Each of the firm’s projects is a close collaboration between partner Mark LePage, his spouse, Annmarie McCarthy, and project managers Bjorn Slate and John Whalen.

Along with their close collaboration has yielded a surprisingly vast array of layout styles. From traditional rooms into a restored 1960s glass home to a commercial-grade kitchen constructed in the house of a cooking school instructor, I’m confident you’ll come away with heaps of fresh thoughts after taking a peek at these meticulously constructed spaces.

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Mix and match materials: The homeowner was quite concerned in this project and picked the colors, finishes and fixtures. The open-plan area has large surfaces for cleanup and prep, and the stainless-steel appliances and open shelving permit for efficient food preparation and provide the room the impression of a kitchen.

“The wood butcher-block island counter is really a wonderful contrast to the stainless equipment and warms up the otherwise cool color palette,” says LePage.

The ceiling is a beadboard panel out of Nantucket Beadboard with a custom reveal detail. It’s flat moldings that cover the beadboard tiles, supply scale and provide the appearance of structural beams without reducing the ceiling elevation. The painted maple cabinets, fabricated by Crown Point Cabinetry, have quite simple specifics.

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Restore an actual original: This really is a complete restoration of an original St. Charles painted-steel kitchen, a part of a modern glass home designed in 1969 by architect Robert Fitzpatrick.

“The cabinet boxes were repaired and repainted set up, while the metal drawers and doors were removed and restored by a local automotive body shop,” says LePage.

The original appliances were replaced with ones that were sophisticated, except for a fully working, vintage Sub-Zero refrigerator that got stainless steel panels. The rubber flooring, which wasn’t original to the home, was removed and replaced with 24-by-24-inch ceramic tiles.

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Pick a central place: Fivecat Studios designed this kitchen in collaboration with Bilotta Kitchens of Mamaroneck, New York. The prior kitchen was remodeled and a new addition, which includes the adjoining family room and fresh family entrance mudroom, was assembled between the primary house and the formerly detached garage.

The kitchen was designed to be the central living space for a huge family with young kids. “Since it’s wide open into the mudroom at one side and the living room into the other, the kitchen still gains from the natural daylight of the sun-filled adjoining spaces, even though it’s located in an interior region,” says LePage.

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Take back heritage: “We believe this project our favourite rescue,” says LePage. A major fire was experienced by the original 1907 shingle-style home in 1947. It was “updated” at the time to signify the then-popular global style.

The current owners purchased the home in 2007, also Fivecat assembled several small additions, leading to a bigger, more efficient space. They also included a mudroom to provide a new entrance directly from the driveway.

“Traditional particulars maintain the plan of the kitchen respectful into the home’s original design, whereas the up-to-date appliances, finishes and fixtures reflect the modern taste of the owners,” says LePage.

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Contain furniture and carpet elements: This really is only one of Fivecat Studio’s first kitchen projects, completed as part of a whole home addition/renovation. The huge pantry cabinet and maple-topped island were designed to seem like freestanding furniture. A customized stone tile “carpet” sits below the island, surrounded by radiant-heat marble herringbone field tile.

“The oversize plaster ceiling coves permit for a lit, painted ‘sky’ tray and flow continuously into the custom-fabricated range exhaust hood,” says LePage. He adds that the original 1920s Mediterranean house affected the customized iron lighting fixtures and hardware.

The customized cabinetry — painted and stained maple, glazed and slightly distressed to make it look aged — was fabricated by Winchester Woodworks.

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Make it professional: This modern space was constructed for a professional chef and designed to be flexible for several applications. It serves as the classroom for Marissa’s Kitchen, the owner’s private-lesson cooking college, as well as for preparing daily family meals.

“The design of this kitchen is adapted from a real commercial kitchen, with a committed beverage place, a food preparation area, cooking area and a hidden cleansing channel. A closed-circuit video camera system permits students to find every movement Marissa makes regardless of where they are in the space,” says LePage.

The high-gloss bamboo cabinets allow for simple cleaning and also the Fireslate counters are extra durable. Eucalyptus flooring provides an ecofriendly surface that’s easy on the feet during lengthy cooking sessions.

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Use what you have: This kitchen was renovated within its current footprint. By shifting the appliances and making minor alterations to the space, the architects made the kitchen more effective and provided better access to a new multilevel patio and outdoor kitchen.

“It’s the perfect example of creating a more practical, better-looking kitchen with no need or cost of building an addition,” says LePage.

The counters are granite, and the painted maple cabinets were fabricated by Crown Point Cabinetry.

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Attempt the family-friendly approach: A brand new addition enlarged this kitchen and provided a sun-filled space for a huge farmhouse family dining table (not visible here). A former laundry area adjacent to the kitchen was converted into a brand new mudroom with storage and cubby cabinetry for your family’s three young kids and their puppy.

The owner chose the glass tile backsplash. The countertops are Verde Vecchio granite and the flooring are limestone. Crown Point Cabinetry fabricated the stained maple cabinets.

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Relocate for superior flow: The layout staff relocated this kitchen from the front part of the home to an adjoining dining area space in the back. Eliminating a wall assisted to integrate both spaces into a brand new open-plan, social kitchen.

“Details such as the pendant lighting fixtures provide a modern touch in an otherwise traditional layout,” says LePage.

The painted maple cabinets were fabricated by Crown Point Cabinetry.

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