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Kitchen Peninsula Cabinet Design Idea – Front View

by Chad Ludeman on February 13, 2008 · 11 comments

in Design,kitchen

I went ahead and sketched up what I have in mind for the cabinets in the peninsula this AM since there was mild interest and a bit of confusion as to what I meant.
Kitchen Peninsula Cabinets 2-13

What we have here is a 10′ wide section of cabinets and countertop with the 6″-12″ deep chase for electrical and plumbing runs to the second floor on the far right. I went ahead and threw a couple shallow, open shelves on the end of this for a bit more storage near the stove. The 10′ space is divided into cabinet widths from left to right of 24″, 24″, 30″, 30″ and 12″. There are three deep, 30″ drawers and three small 12″ wide drawers. I like large drawers as they provide for efficient and maximum storage while minimizing hardware costs. Lastly, there is a hanging shelf from the ceiling that could be made of sheet lumber, metal mesh or a translucent material.

Venting the cooktop still needs some further investigation but I am hoping that by placing one of the HRV exaust vents on the ceiling directly above it, that it may be enough to take care of this need without adding an extra exhast sytem.

This, again requires a pricey drawer dishwasher to fit to the left of the sink and a cooktop that is less than 5″ deep. The hope is that keeping the kitchen minimal will allow us extra budget for nice appliances.

Nic, I didn’t have time to draw you in the diagram but I’m sure you could cut and paste a nice image of yourself in there for reference.

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1 Rob February 13, 2008 at 7:37 pm


Your sketches are great and very helpful. I see what you mean by the openings below the half cabinets, however I still do not believe that will give you the feel of the boffi or of more openess in general. I think people will look at it and wonder why the cabinets only go halfway down. Thats what I am wondering. Plus the storage will be very welcome in such a small kitchen.
On a more practical side are there stock half cabinets like you are showing? or will that be a custom (cost increase) item? How will the cabinets be supported, by hanging from the countertop?Supports only at the ends?
I do like the openess above the sink and cooktop but,
I believe a dedicated cooktop exhaust would be preferable. You probably dont want to mix the greasy, dirty air from the cooktop with the normal ventilation requirements. It might work though I would definitly talk with your mechanical consultant.
And I second the pudgy bearded guys as a reference!

2 chad February 13, 2008 at 10:15 pm


Thanks for the comments on the kitchen. You’re right, it won’t be the same as Boffi but I like the compromise between design and functionality. While the effect may be minimal, it should let more light through the space from the south windows and provide a more modern, custom look.

The kitchen is certainly custom as I have designed it although you might be able to recreate it by getting creative at ikea. I am talking to a local custom cabinet maker that is interested in prototyping some modern and green cabinets. We are discussing how to make this type of design work on our low budget. Going custom on this section and then ikea under the stairs may be a decent compromise that will still yield the look we are going for.

As far as the HRV, it will suck the air directly out of the house and should not matter that it is dirty. This is actually what it’s intended use is for, just not directly over a cooktop to replace the hood.

3 jaleen February 14, 2008 at 9:44 am

possibly old news, and may not offer any insight to your particular situation, but i’m so stoked on some of the space-saving moves in this link that i thought it can’t hurt to stick here. the rotating butcher block thing that closes off the kitchen when you’re not in it is awesome, and someday i want to be able to do this with a bed.

4 Brian February 14, 2008 at 1:15 pm

IMHO, this kitchen is beautiful but running a little light on functionality. If I read this right the sink cabinet runs to the floor anyway. Why not use a full sized DW, enclose them both in one floor length block and let the area between them and the wall function as a bridge? If you’re placing cabinets on both sides of your island, a sheet of plywood between the backs would provide all the rigidity you’d need to support the bridge.

I’m also not too keen on the open suspended shelf. They look great with a few show piece dishes artfully arranged in a magazine spread. But how are you going to feel when the new owners move in and are forced to but their cereal boxes up there for lack of sufficient storage space? That will be the first thing you see walking in the front door. How about a suspended 12″ tall cabinet running the length of the island. It would echo the bridge cabinets, maintain openness, provide functional storage and still provide some display space on top.

5 Rob February 14, 2008 at 2:42 pm


Ok, so I am not sold on the open undercounter idea, but I see that it could definitly work. Its a possibility. More persuasion needed.

My main concern with the HRV is that the ones I am familar with have a honeycomb structure that is used to transfer the heat between the outgoing/incoming air. This honeycomb structure tends to need cleaning on a regular basis let alone if you are running greasy kitchen air through it. It could certianly work just make sure to run it by your Mechanical consultant.

As for the previous comment about ceral boxes on the suspended shelves, well if the home owners do that they obivously have no respect for the true functionality of this space. There is PLENTY of room to add wire bakers shelves or some other kind of storage for the kitchen. Frankly that is really the beauty of this kitchen layout, that it can be customized with personal additions to make the kitchen most useful to is occupants.

6 chad February 14, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Jaleen – Great link. I love these ~500 sq ft studios that are redesigned for maximum efficiency. I think I like the bed that slides under the floor best here.

Brian – I see your points. I like keeping only the sink cabinet going to the floor here as it echos the Boffi look and will be more open on the end where people are walking by or standing by as the chef cooks. It gives just a bit more room for your feet at the bottom. I have considered hanging top cabinets. It would have more of a dividing effect on the space. If I was to go with top cabinets they would definitely be open on both sides and may not solve the open cereal issue you mentioned.

Keep in mind there will be an abundance of storage for cereal and the like under the stairs where the fridge, oven and microwave are. Hopefully we can even design a small 24″ counter space for a coffee maker and a landing area next to the fridge. I envision the owner placing their pots and pans and other attractive items on the hanging sheet rather than cereal and such. Also, it’s most likely not going to be a family of four living hear that needs an abundance of storage space and dish washing capacity. My wife loves to cook and has a decent amount of cookware. We have less cabinet space in our kitchen than this design does and we get by perfectly now. I have been consulting her and other friends who cook a lot and have the hardware to go with to make sure they would be happy with the design.

This design is in no way done though, so I appreciate the feedback and will certainly take into consideration before finalizing.

7 Albo February 14, 2008 at 10:37 pm


Couple thoughts. Why not maximize your storage space with the following drawer config?

This gives you tons of usable space for any type of pot/pan/plate you might throw in there. A 12″ drawer in my mind seems useless, since by the time you’ve got the slides and drawer itself you’re down to 11, possible 10.5″ and then you can barely put in a cutlery tray.

Rae and I looked at the half drawer dishwashers, but the cost was WAY too prohibitive, and over a 10 year life cycle would have never paid for itself. We went with an excellent Whirlpool model and are very happy with it.
Also, here’s a great Apartment Therapy piece on a Fisher & Paykel model:

I’d also be VERY careful using the HRV as a kitchen hood. Have you seen the underside of cooktop fan after years of use? They can get really nasty depending on the type of food you cook. I wouldn’t want that anywhere near my HRV system.

8 chad February 14, 2008 at 11:40 pm


Nice sketch. This would be our backup config if we decided to go a more traditional route or the ikea route. I still really like the openness at the bottom as it adds a unique element that you don’t see everyday. Everyone has cabinets to the floor….

Here’s another image of a similar bulthaup kitchen workspace with nothing underneath. If the high-end guys are doing it, it can’t be all bad.

That review of the Fisher Pickle sure makes me unhappy. I’ll have to do more research before going that route. Maybe there’s a reason they are a couple hundred cheaper than everyone else.

9 Albo February 14, 2008 at 11:46 pm

“Here’s another image of a similar bulthaup kitchen workspace with nothing underneath.”

I guess if you don’t mind seeing all the “workings” as it were, then it’s fine. We wanted everything hidden and the drawers do that wonderfully.

10 Jerry February 23, 2008 at 5:38 pm

Been enjoying watching your progress on the project. Keep on keeping on…
Saw a kitchen ‘table’ @ today…Hansen living solid wood kitchens (….Reminded me of what your napkin sketch was driving at, and thought you might give it a look for concept and finish ideas, ’cause I’d bet they’re priced out of your budget parameters….They’d be out of mine, too….;)

11 chad February 23, 2008 at 7:49 pm

I’m right with you. Take a closer look at the comments on that post :)

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