Building A Kitchen For A Busy Family

No matter the family size or age stage, kitchens remain one of the busiest rooms in the house. From daily drop-ins to large holiday events, your kitchen will experience its fair share of wear and tear and that’s why our designers have worked with many clients to build beautiful kitchens with the family in mind.

The Ottens’ are a young family with two children. When our designer, Jaclyn, met with them they were in need of a larger working space and finishes that were durable enough to grow with the family. Their first step was addressing the layout.


They explored the idea of a seating area within the kitchen that was out of the main traffic area. Though it would have seemed natural to design a long island with seating, this would have congested the kitchen which meant a peninsula design with seating out of the way was a great fit.


This also lead to reorganizing the seating area with dining space to enable more room to extend the table when entertaining more guests.


For an open and contemporary look, Jaclyn recommended leaving the long wall free from cabinetry so instead it was accented with a wood mantle over the range and a beautiful brick tiled wall. The use of black plumbing pipes to support the floating shelves gave a sculptural element to the open wall.


Aesthetically, they knew they were not interested in matching wood and floor cabinets or a white kitchen so we made a custom grey paint for the cabinets with a black glaze for character and interest.


In order to address durability, the doors were purposely distressed so any wear and tear will blend in, our circular sawn white oak flooring was selected for it’s durability so that any nicks or scratches will blend in with its natural rustic beauty, and quartz counters allow for optimal resilience on surfaces.

The gorgeous hand hewn elm bar top is water resistant. The waterfall design makes it a real focal point in the kitchen. Notably, its texture is a result of the axe markings of a builder hundreds of years ago when he milled a round log square for a structural barn beam.


Band sawn elm, found inside the boards of the reclaimed hand hewn barn beams, were used to create the island cabinetry and mantle.


Finally, the interiors of the cabinets are full of functional features to keep this busy family organized. These include a pull out corner, plate divider peg board, cutlery and utility dividers, and tray dividers make the kitchen. Not to mention the feature chalk board, custom cut into the fridge end panel.


Together they landed with this beautiful design and our team installed the new design. This kitchen is another example of how you too can build your designer kitchen while you have a busy family at home!

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