Rustic Alder with transitional elements makes this a unique beautiful kitchen. Alder is a great choice if you are looking for a wood finish that you can custom stain. The gray stain and overall design of this kitchen creates a casual cozy room that makes any guest feel welcomed.
Kitchen + Living
Objective: To create cohesiveness throughout the house, the homeowners and designer incorporated several “stations” accentuating the hardworking and highly functional kitchen that surrounds it.
These homeowners choose Walker Woodworking to create the ‘perfect kitchen’ for their ‘forever home’ with our kitchen & bath designer, Brandon Fitzmorris. They love to entertain and wanted the kitchen to feel inviting to guest and functional for cooking.
Overall they wanted the kitchen design to be rustic but not too country. For a contrast, Brandon suggested knife cut beadboard to enhance warmth and texture the rustic kitchen. The beadboard is finished differently with a blackwash rub through in a flat finish. You will see the beadboard along the back of the coffee station and the island. This look adds a farmhouse feel to the rustic setting.
A good work triangle and cabinets with lots of storage make this a very functional kitchen for cooking and entertaining. Organization is of the utmost importance for a kitchen to function properly. A drawer peg system makes organizing your deep drawers a breeze. (see photo) For the avid baker in the home, a mixer lift was imperative to add to the ease of baking. (see photo)
Objective: To combine function and layout, while remaining aesthetically pleasing to the client.
“Too often people think a large kitchen is the easiest layout, but on the contrary, larger spaces generally propose a layout dilemma. With this layout, I had to design the entire space to work together, which is why I choose to wrap the outside corner in the beverage center to bring the cohesiveness to the plan. Floating shelves are becoming more popular in kitchen design, and they just seemed to work in this space, creating the openness in the coffee station with the beadboard backing which added a bit of rusticness to the design.” ~ Brandon Fitzmorris, kitchen & bath designer.
Homeowners Questions & Answers:
Did you research other cabinet companies? YES
There are tons of cabinet options, most which use particle board in some areas. We wanted solid wood and quality construction. The visit at Walker where we came up with the layout and design features and attention to details confirmed that we made the correct choice. Quality and design were very important to us!
Did you have a particular inspiration for your style? YES.
We had gone to several model home shows and found a style we preferred.
Now that you are enjoying your home, what is the biggest asset or favorite feature made to your new home in each specific area?
The overall design and look – very functional for use and storage – and the large island.
Is there anything you wish you had done differently?
We talked about that and the answer is probably not. We may have changed a dimension by a few inches here and there, but we put a lot of up thought and work up front into what the end result would be – the end result – turned out exactly as planned and we are very happy with the end result.
Designer: Brandon Fitzmorris
Cabinets: Walker Woodworking
Contractor:Carolina General Contractors
Location: Lake Wylie, SC
Build Method:Standard Overlay
Wood Species & finishes: Rustic Alder
Island: Blackwash Rub through flat finish
Perimeter: Rustic Alder timeless gray heavy Rub through
Beadboard back Island Horizontal & Vertical @ Coffee station
Mud Rm & MB: Painted Rustic Alder
Incorporating Metal into the design:
Hood: Zinc metal
Kitchen & Island Features:
Knife block in drawer
Peg Divider Drawers
Hardware: Hardware Resources
Adult Beverage Station Features:
Glass doors for easy access to the perfect wine or cocktail glass
Built-ins featuring pull out drawers for game storage