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Blue Kitchen Designed for Functionality

On this kitchen renovation project in Rhinebeck, NY the goal was to update and expand the existing kitchen space for the homeowners to enjoy long into retirement. Functionality and aesthetics were at the forefront of the decision-making process and the results are nothing short of unique!

Blue kitchen with white quartz countertops and subway backsplash
<noscript><img decoding=async class= wp image 1086 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 1200 300x200jpg alt=Blue kitchen with white quartz countertops and subway backsplash width=906 height=604 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 906px 100vw 906px ><noscript> Taking down a wall allowed for a big expansion of this kitchen

Collaboration

 

For this kitchen remodel, we teamed up with Thorin Moss, of Oakenshield Kitchens. He is a cabinet designer and supplier based out of Hudson Valley. Oakenshield handled the sourcing and design of the cabinetry, hardware and countertops.

 

You can check out more of Thorin’s work on their website, www.oakenshieldkitchens.com.

Old outdated kitchen with brown cabinets and formica countertops
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1274 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 300x225jpg alt=Old outdated kitchen with brown cabinets and formica countertops width=500 height=375 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 300x225jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 1024x768jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 768x576jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 1536x1152jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1133 2048x1536jpg 2048w sizes=max width 500px 100vw 500px ><noscript> Before photo of the original kitchen
Old outdated kitchen with brown wood cabinets and wall
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1275 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 300x225jpg alt=Old outdated kitchen with brown wood cabinets and wall width=503 height=377 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 300x225jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 1024x768jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 768x576jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 1536x1152jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202004IMG 1134 2048x1536jpg 2048w sizes=max width 503px 100vw 503px ><noscript> Before photo of the oringal kitchen showing the wall dividing the kitchen and dining room

Design Challenges & Inspiration

 

The old kitchen was dark, outdated and felt closed-in. To brighten things up and add additional cabinetry space, we removed a non-load-bearing wall that separated the kitchen and the dining room.

 

Oakenshield chose to extend the cabinetry crown molding close to the ceiling, which helped the space feel more expansive and open. The deep wood tones in the flooring and trim, combined with the deep blue of the cabinetry, make the space feel rustic yet sharp.

Features and Selections

 

Cabinetry

 

The cabinetry selected featured quite a few deep drawers in the base cabinets. In comparison to typical doors on the bases, the drawers minimize the need to bend over as much. Equipped with heavy duty drawer slides, the drawers can easily be used for storing pots and pans.

 

The cabinetry color is called “Moscow Midnight” by Sherwin Williams.

 

Blue cabinets, hardwood floors and stainless appliances
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1085 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 2 1200 300x200jpg alt=Blue cabinets hardwood floors and stainless appliances width=837 height=558 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 2 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 2 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 2 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Full Perspective 2 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 837px 100vw 837px ><noscript> Eliminating a wall allowed for a new peninsula and lots of cabinetry
Blue cabinets with white countertops and beveled subway backsplash
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1096 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Sink Wall 1200 300x200jpg alt=Blue cabinets with white countertops and beveled subway backsplash width=959 height=639 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Sink Wall 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Sink Wall 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Sink Wall 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Sink Wall 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 959px 100vw 959px ><noscript> This kitchen features plenty of usable countertop space
Pots and pans in lower base cabinet drawers
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1090 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Pots Pans Drawer Pots Focused 1200 300x200jpg alt=Pots and pans in lower base cabinet drawers width=869 height=579 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Pots Pans Drawer Pots Focused 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Pots Pans Drawer Pots Focused 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Pots Pans Drawer Pots Focused 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Pots Pans Drawer Pots Focused 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 869px 100vw 869px ><noscript> Drawers equipped with heavy duty drawer slides perfect for pots and pans
Blue kitchen cabinets with iron hardware handles
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1087 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Handles Focused 850 225x300jpg alt=Blue kitchen cabinets with iron hardware handles width=577 height=770 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Handles Focused 850 225x300jpg 225w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Handles Focused 850 768x1023jpg 768w sizes=max width 577px 100vw 577px ><noscript> The cabinet hardware helps complete the look and feel of this kitchen

 

Long cabinet handles on blue cabinets with white beveled subway backsplash
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1083 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Cabinet Doors Backsplash 1200 300x200jpg alt=Long cabinet handles on blue cabinets with white beveled subway backsplash width=817 height=544 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Cabinet Doors Backsplash 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Cabinet Doors Backsplash 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Cabinet Doors Backsplash 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Cabinet Doors Backsplash 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 817px 100vw 817px ><noscript> The base drawers are equipped with long beefy handles

Integrated Laundry Area

 

The original kitchen had the washer and dryer housed in a closet adjacent to the main kitchen area. The homeowners chose to keep the laundry room in the same spot for its convenience. The appearance improves drastically by incorporating it into a pantry. Instead of purchasing a costly custom cabinet to house the washer and dryer, we worked with Thorin to use stock components to create the appearance that the washer and dryer were built in.

 

Removing the closet door for the laundry area allowed the addition of two pantry cabinets to flank the washer and dryer. These provide ample storage and convenience with pull out drawers.

Washer and dryer built into cabinetry with fridge.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1088 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Laundry Area 1200 300x200jpg alt=Washer and dryer built into cabinetry with fridge width=806 height=537 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Laundry Area 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Laundry Area 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Laundry Area 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Laundry Area 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 806px 100vw 806px ><noscript> Stackable washer and dryer flanked by two pantry cabinets

Appliance Package

 

The appliances in this kitchen were selected with functionality in mind. The double wall oven, equipped with roll-out drawers, makes entertaining a breeze, without breaking your back. The sleep cooktop allows for drawers below and plenty of adjacent countertop space. The washer and dryer built into the pantry creates the enjoyment of not having to go down into the basement to wash your clothes.

 

Double wall oven, range hood and stainless steel fridge.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1094 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall Horizontal 1200 300x200jpg alt=Double wall oven range hood and stainless steel fridge width=849 height=566 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall Horizontal 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall Horizontal 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall Horizontal 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall Horizontal 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 849px 100vw 849px ><noscript> Stainless steel appliances give this kitchen a clean updated look
Freestanding range hood on beveled subway backsplash tile.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1093 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall and Backsplash 1200 300x200jpg alt=Freestanding range hood on beveled subway backsplash tile width=899 height=599 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall and Backsplash 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall and Backsplash 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall and Backsplash 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Range Wall and Backsplash 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 899px 100vw 899px ><noscript> LED lights on the range hood allow for perfect cooking illumination
Rustic chandelier with dining room table and blue kitchen
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1084 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Dining Room 1200 300x200jpg alt=Rustic chandelier with dining room table and blue kitchen width=896 height=597 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Dining Room 1200 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Dining Room 1200 768x511jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Dining Room 1200 1024x682jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20191219009 Dining Room 1200jpg 1200w sizes=max width 896px 100vw 896px ><noscript> Removing a wall allowed for the dining room to blend into the kitchen

Final Thoughts

 

Having a carefully designed kitchen can really increase your overall enjoyment and experience with the space. When planning your next remodel, it’s important to take into account what you value the most. Whether that means functionality, convenience, maintenance, or just pure aesthetic, thinking through solutions beforehand can help create a better final result.

 

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Dan Arket