Santa Fe Custom Kitchen

Installation photos of a custom Santa Fe kitchen, featuring a custom kitchen island, kitchen cabinets and kitchen customization

I do have one more entry for the Canyon Road remodel, but I want to take another detour because I just finished adjusting some install pics of a kitchen we did here in Santa Fe.  I took the photos, so the lighting is not fabulous and consistent as in Eric’s, or any other professional photographer’s photos, but they get the job done.  This will be a fun one ’cause I have befores and some other interesting photos, so let’s jump in!

The kitchen in question is a remodel.  Building, as with most things, is interesting here in Santa Fe…  I have a friend whose house came with a pond sunk into the floor right as you walk in the door, and my understanding is that one of the more coveted builders used to do things like draw a line with her toe to indicate where walls should go.  In this case, the kitchen was small, in a corner and kind of cut off from the rest of the house.  Just the kind of challenge Scott loves!

I’ll start with some of the raw material that was chosen in April of 2012. The panels are larger than usual, and then we have some beautifully carved floral fragments from antique door surrounds.

Often what we use are the panels of antique cabinets, but I think the larger ones here are from dowry chests.  As an example, here is a pic of both an antique cabinet with carved panels at the back left, and in front, one of the antique dowry chests.

I think I will just sweep through the room from left to right, so here we have the original view of where the refrigerator will go.

Below we have the fridge cabinet, fresh out of the wood shop, then after finishing and hardware, with detail of the cabinet door – great for mops, brooms and other odd sized things – and finally installed.

The window was moved to the right, reduced to a single width, and topped with a shelf.  Below the window is a section of cabinet with drawers and doors.  The cabinet doors incorporate two halves of a carved panel, which we will see repeated in several other cabinet doors.  In this instance, rather than go with the split you see in the raw material photograph, a little bit was taken from the other half to make it more even.

Below you can see it in progress in October of 2012, with Elio expertly crafting it all.

After finish and then hardware, with the gliding drawer detail:

And then installed, with the upper drawer details:

The dishwasher maintained its original position and above that we have the fab dish cab, which I don’t have in progress pics of, for some reason.  But I do have it bright and shiny out of finish and hardware, and then installed, which is the most important.

In those photos you can see the shelves above the windows that I am talking about.

The sink also is in the same position, with a new window popped in above and a shelf topping the window.  In the sink cabinet we again see two half panels, though in this case it is the halves of two different panels, as each is cut just a little over one half of the circles.  (Ignore the cabinet sitting on top, that goes across the kitchen).

Then we get into the meat of the kitchen, the sort of wide horseshoe section of cabinets.  Again, in the woodshop photos ignore the middle top cab, it is out of order.

The one with the circles is one of my favorites in this set of cabinets, partly I think because it is done a little differently.  The circles were cut out, and inset into the panel that makes up the cabinet door.  In the woodshop photo you can tell the antique grey wood from the fresh cut reclaimed Douglas fir.  And the star design in the middle was incorporated into that cabinet across the room that we will get to in a minute.  And remember, as always, when you see the photos of the uninstalled cabinets, anything painted black is something that will not be seen – hidden by another cabinet, something that will be side by side with something else, etc.

This guy below looks unassuming, but is tricked out on the inside, using all that space in the corner, which is important in a smaller kitchen.

The cabinet at the apex incorporates this paddle, that I am assuming was probably a kitchen implement, for bread or something, as one might use a pizza peel.

Next to that we have regular drawers with a nice carving inset to the front of the first drawer.

Here is before and after of that section:

Above those cabinets is an upper section with bubble glass fronted cabinet doors and shelving, including a nicho for the microwave.  In the pics of the finished cabinets awaiting hardware, you can see how custom cabinetry makes the most of an unusual shape.

The installed pics also highlight the beautiful blue tile backsplash, the color of which is picked up in the little splashes of blue in the hand-rubbed patina of the cabinetry.  It also ties in with the hand crafted glass pendant light that hangs over the island (I am pretty sure the purple in the photo is artifacting in the image – the light is blue).  These little details really unify the look and feel of the room.

Going back to the lower cabinets, next is a regular stove, which replaces the cooktop that was there, and gives room next to it for more cabinetry and counter space where the wall ovens were.  The area above the stove has been opened up with a window into the living room, which brings in more light and solves the problem of the kitchen being so cut off, meaning the clients no longer have to choose between cooking and knowing the score.

The last lower cabinet here has my favorite floral carving set into the drawer fronts and is rather tricked out with a spice drawer, tray and cookie sheet racks and a recycling drawer.

Above we have the upper corner cabinet that incorporates the middle of the panel out of which the circles were cut.

Love that finish:

And finally, we get to the island.  This is the clients’ favorite part, they just love it.

For practical reasons, the custom shape is perfect – it allows flow through the room where a square or rectangular piece would not work.  But what they really love is the whimsical nature of having an island made with part of a canoe.

In the ’90’s Scott visited the San Blas Islands and the Darien rainforest, between Panama and Columbia, where canoes are a daily part of life.

He brought back a bunch of stuff, including some canoes, one of which was incorporated here.  I could not for the life of me figure out what it was that Elio was building at first.  But I took a lot of photos because I was sure it was going to be interesting, and I loved those huge slabs of wood.

Elio is a master – just look at that snug fit:

And then, coming full circle, we have the pantry.  Along this wall was the original fridge and some cabinets.  That was turned into a wall, and all the space behind is a fabulous pantry, but I didn’t want to get too nosy and photograph in there, so you will just have to trust me.

I love the combination of colors here – the greenish jamb, goes with the brass and complements the purple of the doorknob, all set off by the reddish door.  Yum!  The hardware on this door is very special, belonging to the client.  It was one of the doorknobs in the house her grandfather built, and I just love that it is something she gets to see and use every day.

I am going to sign off with some before and after pics because this has gone on long enough!  See you next time!

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