Kitchen Solutions

Harrington Homes & Construction Services is a family-owned company that has been building fine homes in the Des Moines area for more than 25 years. We believe that the quality of each home reflects the quality of the character of those who created it.

Before

These home owners said “out with the oak cabinets”. They needed pantry space and they wanted wine storage, a gas cooktop and paneled vent hood, double ovens, a warming drawer, and microwave. The kitchen was dark and there was limited view of the beautifully landscaped yard from the kitchen. Oh yes, and yellow was a favorite color.

After

Larger windows were added at the corner sink to allow more natural light to enter the kitchen as well as provide a better view of the backyard landscape and deck area. A new 36” dual fuel range with vent hood gave the cook the best of both worlds – the fine control of gas and the even temperature and air flow of an electric convection oven. The GE Advantium wall oven does triple duty as a microwave, warming drawer and second convection oven. A walk-in pantry, hidden behind the doors of the corner cabinet, adds easily accessible and much needed storage. A new wine cooler completes the wish list. The raised panel door style of the cabinets has long been a hallmark of fine cabinetry. This traditional door style was given a contemporary lift through a unique finishing process. The cabinets were first stained in a yellow opaque stain then hand-rubbed with a chocolate glaze finish to accentuate the fine details of the cabinets. The end result is the feeling of fine furniture. Details, details, details! Working with Interior Designer, Andrea Singbush, the couple chose DuPont Zodiaq, for the countertop in Giallo Michelangelo. An engineered quartz which was selected not only for its looks but for its durability and resistance to heat and scratches. The backsplash is a faux tin. The tiles behind the range are creatively run on a vertical pattern. The wall color is Sherwin Williams, Impressive Ivory. Window treatments were custom made.

Before

The kitchen’s dated black appliances and golden oak cabinets stuck out in this otherwise well-appointed home. The room felt dark and small but the foot-print of the kitchen could not change.

After

The solution is elegant and refined but with the lived-in style, reminiscent of a French Country kitchen. The cabinet color is Pearl with a café latte glaze that gives an ageless antique feel to the surface. The glass-paned doors and bronze hardware are further hints of a historical design. The look may be antique but the cabinets are state-of-the-art. Every cabinet was individually customized to accommodate the built-in appliances and provide plenty of functional, organized storage for cooking equipment, utensils, and dishes. The maple plywood drawers have self-closing, concealed under-mount stainless steel drawer glides. All cabinet doors have self-closing hinges. The new professional style appliances are worthy of the Owners’ gourmet cooking skills. The built-in refrigerator and dishwasher each have custom fitted door panels to match the cabinets. A super-sized stainless steel, under-mount sink makes countertop cleanup a breeze. The hot water dispenser provides steaming hot water at the flick of a lever. Granite countertops are a natural fit in this kitchen but the real WOW! factor is the waterfall design on the ledge of the bump-out window behind the sink. It is truly a work of art!

Before

These homeowners wanted the kitchen to be open to the family room and well, they weren’t all that fond of the medium stained, oak cabinets. Moving was out of the question. After all, you don’t just pick up a beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees and an in-ground pool and move! Demolishing the kitchen and starting over was not in the budget.

After

Removing a few wall cabinets and enlarging the wall opening created the feel the homeowners were looking for within the existing space. The center island cabinet was removed and a new island was built with deep pullout drawers. The interiors of these drawers were out-fitted with a pegboard and dowel system for storage of place settings, serving dishes and glassware—items that had been stored in the wall cabinets removed to create the opening. The enlarged island is now a multi-purpose space. It is a food prep space; a space to sit on a bar stool and have breakfast; and a buffet space when needed. The cabinets were painted and given new bronze hardware. Cambria quartz countertops and glazed tile backsplash in a subway pattern completed the project.