Newlyweds Chris and Amanda Dobrez were excited to create their first home Order Kitchen Cabinets together in a three-story Chicago gray stone located in the city’s Old Town neighborhood. Since the couple have a big extended family and love to entertain, they wanted an open kitchen with lots of storage, space for casual meals and good flow that would help the space seamlessly blend with an adjacent mudroom and family room with deck outside.The challenge of the 300-square-foot kitchen was making the long and narrow space feel as comfortable and inviting as possible. Working with designer Tom Spanier, the couple chose durable quartzite Order Kitchen Cabinets counters, a glazed ceramic subway tile backsplash, white painted maple cabinets, a custom stained white oak floor, oil-rubbed bronze faucets and fixtures, and customized storage solutions. Now they have a timeless kitchen that is very functional but also attractive enough to be on display in this well-detailed home. "Kitchen at a Glance
A freestanding medium-toned oak dining table with a distressed finish was added to one end of the island. The table was chosen because Chris and Amanda wanted a piece that could withstand daily use Order Kitchen Cabinets for meals and working at the computer. “Where to put this family dining table was the big challenge we had with this kitchen,” says Chris. “Ultimately the best decision was to have the table as an add-on to the island. We’re really happy we did it this way. It’s a natural extension of the island, and we don’t bump into each other.”
A mudroom adjacent to the kitchen marks the garage entrance, which is the one most used Order Kitchen Cabinets by the homeowners. A solid oak seat with cushion has drawers below for gloves and hats, and offers the couple a place to change shoes when they enter the home.
Here’s a close-up shot of the built-in charging station to the left of the mudroom by the kitchen’s pantry cabinets. It has a black power strip, and black felt on the bottom of the drawer to prevent scratching. The couple also use the drawer to store their sunglasses, which they can grab as they head out the Order Kitchen Cabinets door.TZS DesignThis photo shows the view from the hallway that connects the kitchen to the main living area in front of the home. The arched opening seen at the left of this photo leads to a powder room.TZS DesignChris saw this clever paper towel storage solution in another kitchen on Houzz. “We were just looking for Order Kitchen Cabinets the extra little bit of counter space it would give, and it puts the paper towels down in an easy-to-use location,” he says.TZS DesignThe cabinetmaker had the idea to customize the drawer so more than one roll of paper towels could be stored there.TZS DesignThe adjacent family room was designed to be an extension of the kitchen. “We wanted a strong connection between the cooking, eating and entertaining Order Kitchen Cabinets areas,” Spanier says. “But since we also wanted some definition between the two spaces, we have a wood-cased opening that gives a bit of privacy but still offers that openness with lots of natural light.”
The good flow continues from the kitchen and family room inside to the deck out back. “The NanaWall helped us create a free-flowing, inside-outside entertaining space,” Order Kitchen Cabinets Chris says. “The kitchen, family room and the outside is one continuous space.”TZS DesignThe floor plan illustrates the good flow the kitchen enjoys with the rest of the home’s Order Kitchen Cabinets first floor."