Dream Kitchen

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My client’s objectives for her “dream kitchen”:  lighten, brighten, provide improved functionality, better utilize existing space and create a more “family” and “entertainment” friendly kitchen.

How we achieved the objectives:

Lighten:  Off-white painted cabinets and trim replaced time-stamped stained cabinets and trim.  A beautiful cream-based Delicatus granite replaced dark Uba Tuba granite.  Dark slate floors were replaced with a medium-toned, dog and grandchild friendly porcelain travertine look-alike.  Black appliances were replaced with stainless steel.

Brighten:  The exterior door was replaced with a new door with more glass and heavy decorative window treatments were removed letting in more natural light.  LED overhead, under and over cabinet lighting were installed providing brighter and more energy efficient lighting.  Glass fronts and cabinet lighting were used in the upper-level cabinets.

Improved functionality:  Functional enhancements include a pot filler over the range, a cold water purifier, a quieter dishwasher and disposal, drawer organizers and an appliance lift, and new top-of-the-line appliances including a Thermador 6-burner gas range, a built-in refrigerator and a warming drawer.  An under-utilized trash compactor was replaced with a recycling center pull-out.  Suspended seating provides space efficient kitchen counter seating and eliminates the possibility of barstools scratching the new floors.

Better utilize existing space:  Beams were raised and room openings were expanded between the kitchen and nook, the kitchen and family room, the kitchen and butler’s pantry and the family room and wet bar.  The cabinet height was raised providing additional storage and making the ceiling appear higher.  Decorative kitchen island bins were replaced with highly functional drawers and pullouts.

Create a more “family” and “entertainment” friendly kitchen:  The electric cooktop was removed from the island providing a gathering and serving space in the heart of the kitchen.  The new range is positioned where the chef can participate in family room conversations and fun.  The new metal exterior door is resistant to the family dogs’ scratching when they want to join the party.

Dream accomplished.


About Design Perspectives LLC

My name is Amy Anderson, President, Design Perspectives LLC. I offer my clients comprehensive design assistance for their home from conception through implementation. Services range from design consulting, to remodeling, to decorating, to staging to live or sell. I have a unique background which sets me apart in the interior design field. In addition to my experience in art and design, my undergraduate degree is in civil engineering. As a result, I am able to interpret blueprints, visualize designs 3-dimensionally, communicate effectively with contractors and raise critical questions during a remodeling project. My clients may fully envision their finished project in advance through the use of product boards, drawings and computer-aided design tools. With ten years of sales, service and management experience at IBM, I am fully committed to excellence and customer service, and bring strong communication and listening skills to my client relationships. I understand teamwork, project management and attention to detail. As a home designer, I am able to combine these professional skills with my artistic talents. I am thrilled to be pursuing my passion which benefits us both. I love what I do … my heart is in my vocation. I work diligently, enthusiastically, passionately …. assisting my clients in the creation of a beautiful and livable home.
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