We've known the Schroeder family for as long as we can remember. So when they asked us to build a durable, family-friendly kitchen for them, we were honored and excited to do so. With six children and a love for hospitality, this family needed every square foot of their modest kitchen to both serve their specific needs and be beautiful. Below we've highlighted some of our favorite custom features that we included in this design.
Custom Kick Drawers
To maximize every square inch of this kitchen, we even put the baseboard space to work. We installed custom pull-outs beneath the cabinets, one of which is a drawer for cookie sheets and such, and one of which is a step for reaching the higher shelves.
Additional Work Space
An extra twelve square feet of butcher block prep space slides out from this bank of cabinets, allowing the kids to help mom in their own corner work space. Additional kick drawers continue the theme of making every inch serve the family's needs.
This area will be the beverage hub when the Schroeders are hosting guests. With shelving designated for mugs and coffee necessities, a built-in trash chute, and a cabinet to conceal a water-purification system, this custom space is ready to entertain.
In keeping with the country feel of this kitchen, we installed beadboard door panels to accent the apron-front sink. We love the touch of charm the texture adds to the space.
Corner Pull-Out Rack
Not wanting to waste even the deep corner cabinet space, we gave this family a useful solution to that awkward corner space problem that most kitchens have. We installed a rack system that slides out in easy-to-access sections, and then neatly stows all their pots and pans away out of sight.
Glass Display Doors
Every kitchen needs a cabinet that provides an opportunity to put pretty pieces on display and add color to the palette. Simple but elegant, these glass doors allow the Schroeders to do just that.
We've saved the show-stopper for last. This massive island doubles the workspace in this kitchen and is packed with 9 drawers and a deep garbage bin pull-out. But its most exciting feature is its ability to be rolled throughout the space as need requires. We've never seen a mobile island this big, let alone built one, but the Schroeders wanted to be able to move the island out into the dining space to serve as a buffet surface when hosting guests, so we engineered a way to make it move easily.
We are thankful to have had the opportunity to craft this kitchen for our friends! We hope you have enjoyed this tour through our design. We've included a few more pictures below.