Posted in Blue Kitchens, Peninsula Kitchens, Small Kitchens, Small Space Design, White Kitchens

Favorite Kitchen of the Day

Photo: David Duncan Livingston

This is a beautiful way of handling a small kitchen space. Kitchen designed by City Studios.  I love the slate blue accent color on the island against the white cabinets. Rustic details like the warm-toned recycled antique terra cotta floor. The kitchen’s eco-friendly curved soft ivory concrete countertops are made with concrete – a locally made material – and were given have a patina for an aged look. Other details: energy-efficient appliances, insulated and double-paned windows and door and drawer hardware made from high-quality recycled metal. For the full story visit: SF Gate: Greening the Kitchen
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Posted in Peninsula Kitchens, Small Kitchens

Peninsula Swap

published in Domino, February 2008

This Kitchen designed by Linda Woodrum, for a home in the Florida Keys caught my eye. This is what I call a creative swap. I love this! The sink and dishwasher were placed in the peninsula. In the short part of the “U” where the sink typically resides, an under cabinet convection/microwave oven makes good use of the space. Inventive and practical for a narrow kitchen.

What law says the sink has to be in front of the window? Designer Linda Woodrum has resolved a peninsula conundrum by giving the dishwasher a proper home next to the sink. The problem for older kitchens with the sink typically in front of the window, the narrow “U” prevents the dishwasher from being placed next to the sink. The dishwasher would end up perpendicular to the sink and logistically behind the sink. The narrower the space, the more awkward it becomes. Nothing is more awkward than having to back up from the sink and turn about. Or if you are not inclined to move your feet, it becomes a twist around, sort of a “bunny bend”. An awkward sway back motion with your arm and twisting at the waist to load the dishwasher. Or you could turn the tunes up, dance the Texas Two Step as you back up and load your dishwasher and make the best of it.

But for heavens sake, a sink and dishwasher go together like peanut butter and jelly. There is no law that says the sink must be in front of a window. So, if you don’t have the space to increase the footprint, consider swapping the sink to the peninsula.

Another excellent example of turning the peninsula on its ear, comes from Kitchen Designer Moorea Hoffman.

Notice the range placed in front of the huge bay window. This Peninsula kitchen is a “two sink kitchen” dream! The clean up zone has the main sink and dishwasher out of the way of the cooking zone. Notice the prep sink is in the peninsula opposite the refrigerator and close to the range. This is ideal for a kitchen to have two sinks. One for prep and the other for clean up. Function first, great layout.
These are two designers who think out side the box. Now that is a good peninsula swap!
Posted in Kitchen Zones, Peninsula Kitchens, Small Kitchens

Peninsula Swap

published in Domino, February 2008

This Kitchen designed by Linda Woodrum, for a home in the Florida Keys caught my eye. This is what I call a creative swap. I love this! The sink and dishwasher were placed in the peninsula. In the short part of the “U” where the sink typically resides, an under cabinet convection/microwave oven makes good use of the space. Inventive and practical for a narrow kitchen.

What law says the sink has to be in front of the window? Designer Linda Woodrum has resolved a peninsula conundrum by giving the dishwasher a proper home next to the sink. The problem for older kitchens with the sink typically in front of the window, the narrow “U” prevents the dishwasher from being placed next to the sink. The dishwasher would end up perpendicular to the sink and logistically behind the sink. The narrower the space, the more awkward it becomes. Nothing is more awkward than having to back up from the sink and turn about. Or if you are not inclined to move your feet, it becomes a twist around, sort of a “bunny bend”. An awkward sway back motion with your arm and twisting at the waist to load the dishwasher. Or you could turn the tunes up, dance the Texas Two Step as you back up and load your dishwasher and make the best of it.

But for heavens sake, a sink and dishwasher go together like peanut butter and jelly. There is no law that says the sink must be in front of a window. So, if you don’t have the space to increase the footprint, consider swapping the sink to the peninsula.

Another excellent example of turning the peninsula on its ear, comes from Kitchen Designer Moorea Hoffman.

Notice the range placed in front of the huge bay window. This Peninsula kitchen is a “two sink kitchen” dream! The clean up zone has the main sink and dishwasher out of the way of the cooking zone. Notice the prep sink is in the peninsula opposite the refrigerator and close to the range. This is ideal for a kitchen to have two sinks. One for prep and the other for clean up. Function first, great layout.
These are two designers who think out side the box. Now that is a good peninsula swap!