Last weekend I ventured out to the “Canyon House” for the cabinet installation. After unpacking all the cabinet parts, we had a damaged door and some other little issues – things which frequently come up on kitchen renovations – but overall my clients were excited to see things come alive in their space after so much dreaming and planning. We still have some things to work through, but here are some pictures of the ongoing work. First, more on the fabulous setting; this is the view from the kitchen, out to the wooded canyon:
Walking past those Adirondack chairs (the installer’s lunch spot), leads to this lone juniper on the edge of the precipice. My clients have caught large salmon in that little creek, barely visible on the bottom right:
A view back up to the house; railings have yet to be installed on the 6 foot-deep veranda. The kitchen is to the left behind the four large glass doors.
Looking through the concertina doors into the kitchen. The Miele refrigerator/freezer housing is up, to the right of the small window looking out towards the front yard. The washer and dryer are staged in the middle of the dining area, getting ready for install. Toekick and recess channels are still in packaging in front of the patio doors.
This is the washer and dryer area, at the front wall. We had a little issue; this horizontal black plastic pipe is the vent stack, which goes under the window and then up. Structure didn’t allow it to be embedded into the wall at first… I missed this when I measured and inspected the space during planning. Chris the installer worked some magic and buried it in the wall, after a long time of scratching our heads. This was completely critical to my washer/dryer design; the compact Miele washer and dryer are to be hidden behind custom enclosures, with the SieMatic S2 recess channel running across the top.
Dryer successfully pushed back, after a long time of chisel work, test fits, and magic.
Now shown with the door closed. The top stretcher and the recess channel are yet to be installed at the top. The washer needed some magic too… let’s just say the next time I attempt this type of installation, I know exactly how to plan it to avoid any headaches.
As I mentioned, we have some other details to work through before finishing up. There is also backsplash tile to be selected and installed, the countertops fabricated and installed, and walls painted. Ceiling lighting also needs to be addressed. My clients were dazzled by the SieMatic “Zero-Matic edge” gloss white laminate finish; it has a fabulous opalescence and mirrors the view outside at certain angles. They were already thinking about the guest list for the first party… that is the most satisfying part of doing interior design; helping people be happy in their spaces.
I hope to post some pictures of the finished space soon.