This weekend I met with Mr. Matt Pappajohn of Pappajohn Woodworking to further discuss our “Urban Kitchen” design and possible materials. Matt has seen our renderings and has agreed that we can create a similar kitchen out of sustainable materials and green finishes that will fit in our budget for both homes. This makes me very happy and officially adds Pappajohn Woodworking to our team (they can now be found in the left column with the rest of the team members).
We talked about the various methods of constructing a cabinet that would be the most cost effective. Building cabinets with posts for legs like the Hansen Kitchens that I like so much is not as cost effective as traditional boxes with legs. Matt had some nice pieces of reclaimed wood from pickle barrels, old growth structural beams and flooring, but in the end we decided to go a more traditional route that could be easily replicated for others interested in a similar kitchen from Pappajohn.
I snapped a few pics of the desk that Matt and his brother Ian had built for their office made of Apple Plywood that became the inspiration for the basic design of our cabinets.
I’ve always liked this style of cabinetry with the plywood edge of the frame exposed. We started talking about a contrasting material for the door and drawer fronts. Matt has a couple of ideas which he is going to explore and we both really like the Neopolitan Plywood offered by Plyboo shown below. This could really look nice against the grain of the plywood.
We should be able to keep the entire kitchen off of the ground with some sturdy legs to get the furniture feel I’ve been craving. There are a lot of attractive legs commonly used for kitchens, but I think I may be leaning toward something a bit more industrial that you might find in a Grainger catalog to fit with our urban and functional theme.
Some other notes include adding a vertical support in the middle of the island to break up the six foot span and offer the support that will be needed. We may also install sliding shelves in the top half of the island and leave the bottom shelved fixed. The three large shelved shown along the wall in the rendering will also become drawers that will be 42″ wide. The top drawer will be shallow, allowing for silverware, while the other two drawers will be as deep as possible for maximum storage.
This is a big step for the kitchen design as I never thought we could afford a custom cabinet. I think the direction we are heading also will be very flexible for other customers. Pappajohn could offer quite a variety of different sustainable and reclaimed products that could substitute for the more affordable options we will lean towards. This could result in a nice line of semi-custom, modern & green cabinets…
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