Sunday, March 23, 2008

lynninnewmexico's Kitchen

Southwestern Hacienda Kitchen Remodel

Contact: lynninnewmexico (My Page)
Posted on Sat, Feb 16, 08
Link to kitchen photos:

  • Cabinets: Knotty Cherry from Brookhaven. The cooktop cab and two flanking pull-out cabs are in a darker stain (espresso brown).
  • Countertops: Silestone in Dark Canyon.
  • Backsplash: field tile is Crema Marfil tumbled marble 4x4" with 2x2" accent tiles and 1x1" travertine framing tiles, all from Interceramic Tile.
    Fireback is real cast iron... and it's heavy! I believe it weighs 34 lbs. It has several coats of a clear spray sealant over it, put on by our painter.
  • Appliances:
    ~ Fridge is a 42" French door Kitchen Aid.
    ~ Double oven is from KA, also.
    Cooktop is a Dacor gas model.
    Microwave drawer from Sharp. It has a kind of Bluemotion on them for soft opening and closing, which is automatic. Just give it a nudge or a tug and it opens and closes by itself. Easy to clean, too.
  • Hanging pendant is from Hudson Valley Lighting, in their Randolph line.
  • Sink: Blanco silgranit double sink in Anthracite (kind of a soft black).
  • Faucets: both are Kohler: the Vinnata and the Wellspring (for our R/O drinking water).
  • Counter stools are from Brookline and are rubberwood done in a cherry finish with black leather upholstery.
  • Clock is an old one that I antiqued black.
  • Hanging from the window is a chile ristra (real dried red chiles that we use in cooking out here).

  • Budget: High_End
  • Size: Medium
  • Floor_Plan: yes
  • Shape:U
  • Style: Old World
  • Style: Southwestern
  • Ceiling_Height: >8ft
  • Cabinet: SolidWood Cherry, stained, satin
  • Cabinet_Shade:Dark_Wood
  • CabColor_Mixed: Yes
  • CabMfg: Brookhaven
  • Counter:Quartz
  • CounterColor: Black
  • App_Dacor
  • App_KitchenAid
  • Appl_Sharp - microwave drawer
  • Appliance_Color:Black
  • Appliance_Color:Wood
  • Appliance_Paneled: yes
  • Floor: Brick
  • FaucetMfg: Kohler
  • SinkMfg: Blanco
  • SinkComp: Silgranit
  • Features: Beverage Center/Bar, Blumotion, Bookshelf, Corner Sink, Counter >28"wide, Counter-depth Frig, Cutting Board Storage, Dish Drawer, Exposed Stone/Brick, Filtered Water Faucet, Frameless Cabinets, Full Extension Drawers, Glass Doors, Gourmet/Professional, Custom Hood, Knife Drawer, Lazy Susan, Lighting: Above Cabinet, Lighting: Pendant, Lighting: Recessed, Lighting: Under Cabinet, Microwave Drawer, Peninsula with Seating, Prep Area (Multiple), Pullout Pantry, Rollout Trays, Spice Storage, Trash Pullout, Tray Divider, Unique Window, Water Filter, adobe walls, wood ceiling,wood beams, hand-carved wood ceiling corbels, unusual backsplash (34 lb. cast iron fireback inset into it)

Ours is a hacienda-style, all adobe home in the mountains of New Mexico between Santa Fe & Albuquerque. Our goal was to create a kitchen that would give us the Old World look in keeping with the rest of the house but with the modern amenities we need, since we're a family who loves to cook and entertain.

Although the cherry cabs and brick floors do look dark in some of the pictures, in reality, this room faces south and west and is very light and bright with all our big windows. The dark cabs actually are actually very restful on the eyes here. We worked hard to keep our new kitchen beautiful, but not so busy that it would distract from our beautiful mountain views and the artwork we wanted to include in here.

Our Builder/GC built a wood frame over the premounted Vent-a-Hood liner he'd already put in/up. He then added some drywall to it. Then an artisan came in, who specializes in these kind of things and carved up the frame and hand-troweled on plaster. There's no paint on this hood; it's all some kind of special plaster that cures into this smooth, beautiful finish. It actually looks different at various times of the day. It's really kind of cool.