The Solution: Unite Form and Function to Create a Signature Style
Importing an Italian kitchen for the heart of the home
As an avid cook who loves entertaining friends and family, our client wanted the kitchen to be the centerpiece of her home. Our architectural and interior design collaborators envisioned a space roomy enough not only to cook but also to gather — a hub of activity that would need to contain clutter and be easy to clean.
On a visit to Chicago, our client had fallen in love with the strong, elegant lines of the Modulnova cabinets and Miele appliances she saw at Minotti Cucine. So when it came time to renovate her home, we worked with her to select the kitchen’s components — all of which would be designed to order and prebuilt in Italy and shipped overseas to be installed here by us and our partner teams.
We take great care with all our remodeling products, but there was absolutely no room for error on this one. Not only did measurements need to be right for the artisans to build the components themselves, but we needed to ensure that any preparation work we did on our end (floors, walls, ceilings, the placement of the bulkhead over the floating cooktop) was perfectly aligned. Shipping any part of the kitchen back to Minotti Italy for rework was not an option.
The results are gorgeous. The clean, white cabinetry almost melts into the wall, spotlighting the warmth of the central island’s dark wood and granite counters. The floating cooktop’s wiring is hidden from view, as are the room’s appliances, which we enclosed with custom cabinets we seamlessly incorporated with the Italian build to complete the design. Every cabinet makes clever use of space to keep everything at our client’s fingertips while hiding any hint of clutter.
Creating a multi-functional basement with family-friendly details for casual entertaining
In keeping with the rest of the home’s new design, we remodeled the basement to offer our client and her guests both flexibility and ease. Off the spacious main room, we tucked a billiards room behind a trio of custom-made barn doors that can be left open to invite guests to play or closed to keep the noise down. A cork-topped drink rail encircles the room, providing a place to set glasses without the need for coasters to protect the surface.
On the opposite wall, we built storage and a place to hang a TV. A sofa console table is wired for sound and includes a drawer for keeping remotes and game controllers out of sight when not in use.
A kitchenette nestles into the wall adjacent to the barn doors, with a sink, convection stovetop, built-in refrigerator-freezer unit, and microwave — everything hungry teens need (and more) for whipping up a quick snack (and cleaning up after themselves) without needing to raid the main-floor kitchen. For the adults, we installed a handy wine cooler into the wall just beyond the last barn door and next to the kitchenette.
The casual entertaining possibilities are nearly endless!