Print Page   |   Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Keyword Search
Reflections of Azure
Share |

Merit Award Winner

Kitchen - Projects more than $100,001

Entered by: John Cook Kitchens



Project Team

General Contractor: Interior Specialties

Photographer: Ryan Siphers Photography


Project Statement

The owners of this 1973 Mariners Ridge home love the water and love to entertain - two loves that inspired the color palate and layout of this remodel project. The husband is an avid cook who wanted two separate work areas - one main zone for cooking I prepping that would feature high end pro-style appliances, maximize the view, offer plenty of counter space and include a television. A separate area of the kitchen would be utilized for clean-up. Since the counter and sink area in the laundry room were not being utilized the owners wanted to downsize the space and close up the window in order to allocate that space to the kitchen. Other criteria included maintaining the access door from garage, incorporating informal seating for five, bar area, functional storage features, unique quality finishes, pantry and wine storage.

After close inspection of the kitchen, attic and roof lines it was determined that due to the many structural posts, beams and complex vaulted ceilings with soffits we would not be able to tear down walls and create a layout the husband had envisioned. They definitely wanted to keep the open feel of the two separate vaulted areas and not do a flat ceiling.
There were definite challenging components in coming up with a final design. A corner main sink now overlooks the Koko Head views and deck beyond. A pony wall with cap was installed at the opening between dining room and kitchen for placement of a 48" island hood above a 48" Pro Grand steam range. The cook can converse with seated diners, check out the view and watch TV all at the same time. A concrete pad for LP tanks was installed outside the laundry area and gas lines run in the crawl space below part of kitchen. Shorter height slider vinyl windows were installed allowing for a specific height splash and addition of outlets. The new slider window at the clean-up area overlooks the pool. Built-in shelving and existing stack washer/dryer make up the new laundry space. Adjacent to washer/dryer on the wall was an existing electrical panel that needed additional circuits and upgrading. The remaining existing laundry is now a walk-in
pantry with sliding pocket door and shelving. The niche space that used to house the micro/oven and pantry tall cabinets is now a bar with under counter 24" wine refrigerator, 15" clear ice maker, base storage for liquor bottles and glass display cabinets for barware. An additional 18" tall wine column was added adjacent to the relocated doorway opening into the kitchen. A centrally located five person glass table is supported by a framed wood base wrapped with seamless 16 gauge T-304 stainless welded on site. The table was slid into a 2" recess in a new pony wall for added stability.

The homeowners really wanted to incorporate unique ocean inspired finishes into the kitchen. They selected a product called Think Glass out of Canada in an Aqua color with Vaga texture for the 172'' thick bar counter, eating table and pony wall caps. This maintenance free product is 100 percent recyclable glass that hides fingerprints and is impossible to stain. Think Glass is naturally resistant to scratches, mold and mildew and can endure high heat without cracking or scorching. Since it is translucent and reflective, 20 gauge T-304 stainless was installed under each piece of glass. The perimeter counters are poured blue, gray and white colored concrete with a 2 X" thick edge. Sea shells were
strategically placed in the concrete. Its pattern mimics the flow of water. Oceanside three colored "Muse blend" blue and green tiles were selected for backsplashes in a Vibrato pattern complimented with Carribean Sea colored grout. Spectrum brand water glass was selected for the tall display cabinet door and Bar wall cabinet doors. Frosted etched designs featuring Stingrays, Seahorses and Coral were added to enhance the ocean feel. Glass shelving was included in the tall display cabinet. The textured glass selected for the framed walk-in pantry pocket door features waves and

Other quality products include %" plywood frameless cabinets from Bellmont Cabinet Company. The Palo Alto door style is a 3" wide frame Shaker in Natural Sapele wood. Sapele wood was also used for window sills, window / door trims and the framed walk-in pantry pocket door for a cohesive look. Sapele is definitely the cream of the African Mahogany like hardwoods in performance and appearance. It is very stable and almost completely rot and weather resistant.
Princetonian style cabinet pulls in a Brushed Satin Nickel finish were chosen from Top Knobs. Stainless was selected for the appliances, plumbing fixtures and outlets I switch plates.

Replacing outdated tile flooring and tile baseboards throughout the entry, kitchen, dining, hall and hall bath was part of the scope of work. Montagna Smokey black colored glazed porcelain tile from Home Depot in a 6x24 plank size was chosen for its distinctive textured wood look. The owners wanted something durable and easy to maintain since dogs and people go in and out constantly. Tile baseboards were replaced with painted white wood baseboards. The cabinet and counter in the hall bath needed to be removed and reinstalled after flooring install.

Functional cabinet storage features include single and two bin trash pullouts, rollouts, wood knife block drawer insert, lots of drawers, spice and tray storage, Arena under sink pullout basket for detergents and protective base sink cabinet liners that can collect one gallon of liquid in 6sf due to its dimpled design.

Lighting was another important design feature in the planning process. Because of the two separate vaulted ceiling sections we included a mix of lighting. The main area has a transformer mounted at the original light location. Curved monorail with track fixtures as well as pendant light over sink illuminates this space. Ceiling mounted lights were installed in the walk-in pantry and Laundry. Under cabinet LED lights in a stainless finish were installed for task lighting under all wall cabinets. General lighting in the remaining vaulted ceiling and soffits have 4" recessed cans. The tall display cabinet at entrance to kitchen has a Halogen puck light installed at top to illuminate through glass shelving.
Conduit tubing was installed in wall behind to run cable to an outlet in lower portion of cabinet. A flat piece was installed at center of vault to allow for mounting of fan/light combo that has a remote. Dimmers were included throughout except for laundry I garage lights.


more Calendar

CAPS I Marketing Strategies for Aging & Accessibility - October

Featured Members
Servco Home & Appliance Distribution2016 BIA President & Pinnacle Corporate Sponsor

Mahalo to our Pinnacle Sponsors


Mailing: P.O.Box 970967
Waipahu, HI 96797
Address: 94-487 Akoki Street
Waipahu, HI 96797

Tel: 808-847-4666

Follow Us
Membership Software Powered by®  ::  Legal