We’re so pleased to announce that Kitchens Inc. is the regional Grand Prize winner in Wood-Mode’s 75th Anniversary Design Awards. More than 560 entries from designers and dealers across North America were submitted.
The Kitchens Inc. Poolside Retreat, pictured in the gallery below, won this top honor. This haven for guests features historic details and customized entertaining and lounging spaces. In the kitchenette, the Vintage Blue Toile cabinets are encased by brick from a historic brewery in Ohio and topped with “live edge” solid walnut tops and matching shelves fabricated from a 140-year-old historic tree on the Fort Riley military base cemetery that was unfortunately struck by lightning. This kitchenette also features a built-in beverage dispense, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers, Wolf microwave drawer, and Sub-Zero ice machine. You’ll also find a hand-crafted hammered copper sink.
Guests and hosts can enjoy craft brews, cocktails, and a variety of refreshment year-round. Guests can also enjoy a relaxing shower in the customized bathroom and after the party ends, the living area turns into the guest quarters with a specially tailored hide-a-way bed perfectly matched to the cabinetry in the kitchenette across the living room.
This project required maximum functionality in a limited space without compromising style or attention to detail. The entire guest and pool house required a cohesive look that balanced the rustic details and the transitional styled cabinetry. Every appliance, with the exception of the microwave drawer, was completely built in and designed to be perfectly flush and completely disguised to the viewer until engaged.
The living area, open to the kitchenette through the brick archway, also functions as the sleeping area for guests, so every inch of the hide-a-way bed was specially tailored to be as beautiful as it is functional and coordinate with the rest of the space. Creating a hide-a-way bed that achieved a gorgeous, built in, completely disguised look without compromising the function of the bed’s mechanics took a fair amount of ingenuity and craftsmanship, from the designer, the manufacturer, Wood-Mode, and the installers.
Designing the kitchenette to appear seamless to the average viewer with the obstacles the various appliances produced took careful planing and installation to achieve. In addition, achieving a design that satisfied the entertaining needs of the client in the limited space available required creative thinking and engineering.
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