How many kitchens have you designed where an island absolutely must be squeezed in and you’re left staring at a floorplan that simply won’t allow it? Unfortunately, I haven’t invented a magical room stretcher (yet), but it leads me to another relative thought: Refining choices for storage and organization with your client can result in a very long list of inclusions, which many times are far greater than what will actually fit into the design. For this, I can offer some tips that are a little magical, but mostly practical!
As I mentioned in What’s in your Drawers, the top storage and organization wish list is a great guideline to work from, but also understanding what your client needs to fit into the cabinets is your top priority for the best possible design. After you’ve determined this, you can then define “what goes where” which may lead to an opportunity to consider clever cabinet combinations!
Though they may be evident to those of you have utilized this concept, let’s walk through some of the benefits that are built when using combined cabinets:
- Improves relationships (with your installer)
One cabinet is better to install than two (most of the time for those of you who are thinking of that massive pantry that is difficult to get into the home) so your installer might just greet you with a hug, or at least a smile when you point out your clever combo!
- Symmetrical solutions
Most of our base cabinets with wood pullouts allow you to modify widths to the nearest ¼” increment. For example, if you have a 32 ¾” wide cabinet, you can specify a single cabinet with equal width fronts. If this were two separate cabinets, the ¾” dimension would need to fall to one of the cabinets rather than being divided equally.
- Streamlines inset (Platinum) designs
Combining cabinets lends to a more streamlined design, which is desirable especially for inset kitchens. It reduces the repetition of connected cabinets and subsequent seams, and once again makes installation easier.
Designed to Delight
In our Platinum Providence kitchen (above) we wanted to make the most functional use of the space. Harmonizing symmetry and storage, we created these clever combos:
Looking at our Bella-Mission kitchen, you will see the emphasis on linearity in the overall design. However, what you may not see is the use of specialty configurations within the cabinets to support the clients’ storage and organization needs.
Here is another of our creations, you may recognize it from our Dream Center display in Waconia:
I’ve given you just a sampling of ideas and reasoning for using combined cabinets in your design, but another benefit to consider is that your unique combos can also give you an edge over the competition. You can create your own library of combos through our Custom Quote department and have them ready when the need arises.
I reached out to our Custom Quote Supervisor, Kyle, and asked if I could share some of what they see in their day-to-day requests. While these ideas are based on Platinum, the same could apply to Gold. Feel free to download these images for your library creation.