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Kitchen Design Doesn't Come without Surprises

September 15th, 2016

This sleek, streamlined ALNOSTAR PEARL design did not come with its challenges. As a collaboration with Design - Build firm, Vision Miami, www.vision-mia.com the two firms had to be resourceful in their approach to meet the design requirements. 

We encountered two main issues in this project. One before the demolition and one after. The kitchen was rebuilt from scratch. Before the demolition, we already knew we had to create an entrance to a walk in pantry / AC Closet, however it needed to be fully integrated with the kitchen, as if it was part of the cabinets. The second issue we encountered was after demolition and it was finding out the staircase was deeper than expected. On our original design the staircase was going to be covered with panels utilizing the space as much as possible for additional storage.

The challenges were adding an entrance to the new pantry which also served as an A/C Closet. And, accommodating and designing around a deeper than expected staircase on the outer edge of the kitchen. The solutions were to retrofit our fronts to create a pantry-like entry way, that when closed simulates a pantry. For the staircase challenge we retrofitted the cabinets to fit below the staircase and ordered specially-made sized doors and hinges to make the most out of the space. Mission accomplished; not only were the design requirements met, they also looked attractive within the space.

ALNO has many selections of white fronts, but to stay within budget we selected ALNOSTAR PEARL, one of the middle price conscious lacquered fronts ALNO has on offer. The flyover top from Bauhaus Miami came as a result of integrating a long bartop for a larger gathering in a limited area, while still creating the sense of an open space. The material selected is reclaimed oak planks assembled inside a frame with special warm stain to create the rustic look the client was envisioning. The client's architect chose Copper Shade Lighting Pendants from Tom Dixon simply because they match the countertop color tone perfectly. All other lighting is square white recessed ceiling lights. Waterfall grey countertops were from Caesarstone in Pebble quartz. The Architect for this project and originally inspired design came from Christopher Aichinger, Vision Miami www.vision-mia.com telephone is 305.763.8019 Design - Build - Maintain. 

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