30 Sep Custom Color, Style and Functions Make This Project Sparkle
Trish Takacs knows paint. Before becoming a kitchen and bath designer 10 years ago, she was a muralist who created art on the walls of shopping malls and other places. This honed her eye for detail and paint, which has served her in good stead as a designer and made her all the more appreciative of the custom finishes that Grabill is able to offer. “That is one of the things about Grabill — their paint is gorgeous,” she says.
Trish works as a senior designer for Kitchen Kraft in Columbus, Ohio, and recently enjoyed working with a young couple that is growing a family with two young boys and a couple of big dogs. Their immediate needs were a larger cooking space that made it easier for family and friends to gather around, a bigger laundry room and, somehow, an easier way to bathe their dogs (each weighs in at more than 100 pounds). They had a dog tub with sides three feet off the ground that was making bath time a real challenge.
The couple also had an eye for symmetry and wanted a bright and reflective atmosphere with a warm feel to it. Fortunately there was space to grow the kitchen, and Trish helped it grow further by adding two feet to one of the walls, which also extended the space of the laundry room on the other side. The cabinetry they decided upon featured maple shaker doors with three-inch stile and rail. The wall cabinets were all topped with double-stacked crown molding. The perimeter kitchen cabinets and the cabinets, shelves and cubbyholes in the laundry room were all finished is Grabill’s Super White.
One critical piece of the design was a bigger island with enough counter space for the whole family and some friends to sit around. Other functional elements desired by the client included drawers with a peg system for storing everyday dishes right next to the island dishwasher, extra trash and recycling bins, and additional lighting that included under-cabinet lighting, recessed can lights and beautifully styled pendants over the island and the kitchen table.
Grabill’s expertise with custom designed details was never more helpful than with the laundry room, according to Trish. The laundry room was redesigned to serve as the growing family’s mudroom that included a shower stall for their dogs (good for dirty kids too!), along with cabinets and places to store cleaning tools and supplies as well as coats, boots and other clothing. “The laundry room was redesigned several times in trying to come up with a solution about how we could include all these elements while still leaving plenty of space to move around,” said Trish. “The great thing is — Grabill is really easy to work with in coming up with different ideas. I’d say, ‘here’s what I want to design’ and they’d say, ‘no problem. Just send us a drawing. If you can draw it, we can build it.’ “
“Just having Grabill to work with all the appliances in a design is a huge help,” she added. “With some companies you just send in the specs and you’re responsible if something doesn’t work. With Grabill, they will work with you, on the hood, on everything, to make sure everything is going to fit perfectly.”
That also applies to getting the color and finish is just right for someone with an artistic bent. Part of the kitchen’s sparkle, beside the glass doors and white piracema granite countertops, was the custom grayish blue finish with a graphite wash that Grabill created for the island cabinets, which was also used for the bead board at the back of the glass wall cabinets. When Trish was able to find a special blue glass subway tile that complemented it for the backsplash, she knew she had put a gleam in the client’s eyes.
“The client loved the idea of a lot of glass,” said Trish. “It was also important that everything be very balanced.”
“They were a fun couple to work with and very specific about their needs,” said Trish. “It took us quite a bit of time to go through everything, but in the end we nailed it.”
Confirmation of that quickly came at the kitchen unveiling party held soon after completion. “Ninety-five percent of those who came hadn’t seen it yet. They were in awe. They loved the color, the drawers, everything overall,” said Trish.
Something, no doubt, any artist could be proud of.