21 Jan Flair for the Contemporary Relies on Grabill
Designers Darin and Lisa Roth of Flair Distinctive Cabinetry in Naples, Fla., definitely have a “flair” for capturing a contemporary look for homes and condos being built in this sunny climate of surf and sand.
One of their projects, in fact, ended up being an award-winning display of interior home design that boldly stepped into the realm of open floor plans. Take the kitchen. “Our goals were to create a fresh, clean, transitional style that complements the interior design of the entire home,” said Darin. “Naples has undergone a movement away from traditional and Tuscan Style into a more transitional, linear and modern look. We call it coastal contemporary.”
If that sounds attractive, one glance at the photos will confirm that it is! The kitchen, for example, takes up a long stretch of wall on one side of a huge living area bracketed by a large entertainment center. And it clearly fits into the trend that less is more — favoring the simple rather than the ornate “to lend a timeless quality to the design,” said Darin.
With the kitchen, “one of our biggest challenges was filling the entire wall, 21 feet from end-to-end and 9 ½ feet top to bottom,” said Lisa. “We strove to provide a symmetrical form that was also highly functional.”
Integrating form and function, the kitchen was divided into four areas, creating spaces that maximized efficiency, storage and seating. A refrigerator resides behind door panels at one end. A microwave and dishwasher are hidden under the island. A tall cabinet on the other end functions as an appliance garage.
The cabinets in the kitchen, master bath and entertainment center are all maple with concealed, soft close hinges, finished in Glacier G020. The kitchen uses a Dawson Creek inset 5HRM P-4 Panel, “L” edged door style. Kitchen drawer styles are Dawson Creek with a plain, square edge.
Looking at their work in the rest of the house, the master bath has the same Glacier finish on maple with an Olde Towne Lenox Inset door style with five piece drawer. The entertainment center also has the same finish on maple with an Englishmark Indor inset door style.
In another bath with lighter wood cabinetry, Darin and Lisa used Americana Villager Inset door style with flat drawers in alder wood and PSG3464-G020 custom finish. And in yet another bath with darker wood cabinets, Darin and Lisa used Americana Indor inset door style on White Oak Quarter-sawn with an Abby Brown stain.
A dining room side table was also made by Grabill using a Shaker Villager inset door in alder with a PSG3464-G020 custom finish.
Some of Grabill’s exquisite custom touches can be seen in the kitchen’s end cabinet with oval mullion doors, and in the custom vent hood over the gas range. Grabill also made the custom shelving that Darin designed for the entertainment center.
“We love how Grabill can build anything we draw, like the custom hood and shelving,” said Lisa. “If we can dream it, Grabill finds a way to build it.” In this instance, their dream became an award-winning reality as this home took first place in the local building association’s competition for Interior Design and Best Master Bedroom Suite.
Currently Lisa and Darin have been keeping busy extending similar contemporary elements to condo design, and they see this trend becoming firmly rooted in more and more new housing. “This is the third summer that Flair Cabinetry has ordered only flat center panel doors from Grabill,” said Lisa. “Grabill’s tremendous capabilities make them the ideal company to work with on designs that want to go someplace new. It would be hard for any company to match the breadth and depth of what they can do.”