When many of the surrounding communities were built, one of our lines of cabinets, Haas Cabinetry, was a popular go-to for the builders who built the homes.  Many of those homes are close to 20-years old and in need of updating.  Popular desired standards in cabinets now are full-overlay doors, soft-close doors and drawers and full-extension drawers – not to mention some fun amenities within the cabinets like cutlery dividers, waste basket/recycling bin cabinets, lazy Susans in corner cabinets and more.  Haas is a quality cabinet line with a great price point, so many of those homeowners are coming in wanting to use Haas again, having experienced their quality and durability.

For this customer, living in the Farmbrook Subdivision in Crystal lake, we had a great space to work with as can be seen in these pictures.


Our first step was to discuss what our customer liked and disliked about her existing space and what she was wanting in her new space.  She had some definite ideas in mind, sharing pictures from Pinterest.  We brainstormed and came up with some great ideas:

  • She no longer wanted the microwave to be used as the cooktop vent, opting instead for a hood cabinet with a shelf to display a favorite platter.
  • And while it was once thought of as a great idea – to have a desk in the kitchen, many people are wanting that area removed, as did this customer.
  • Quite often when new houses are built, standard door/drawer cabinets are used, so the customer expressed a desire for more drawer cabinets, cabinets with roll-out trays, a wastebasket cabinet and a lazy Susan in the corner cabinet.
  • Because of the 9 foot ceilings in the house, the customer wanted to gain as much cabinet space as she could, opting for stacked cabinets up to the ceiling, some of them with glass door fronts as well as deeper than standard wall cabinets to add interest.
  • She wanted a more useful island space with angled ends to creating a better flow around it as well as more seating, but not one that interfered with the traffic flow from the dining room to the sliding doors.
  • She no longer wanted a bookshelf in her island, but still wanted a place to put books and cookbooks.  We knew just the space to use for new bookshelves.

We tackled the microwave/hood change by installing a beautiful hood cabinet above her new cooktop.  She is an avid cook and uses many spices and oils.  To store those items in a convenient spot, a niche was built into the wall behind the cooktop, tiled with coordinating metallic tiles, creating a stunning focal point in the kitchen.  The curved design of the hood also created a circular pattern that, as you will see in the after pictures, was carried throughout the entire space.

The microwave was installed in the island as a microwave drawer.  Microwave drawers are an excellent choice to either remove it from the countertop or to be in an easier location.  With just the press of a button, the drawer glides out smoothly and gives the homeowner easier accessibility to their food or beverage.

The old desk area was removed and replaced with a beverage center complete with a beverage refrigerator, wine storage and beautiful glass cabinets with lighting.  When installing lighting in cabinets, remember, it is best to include glass shelving so the light can carry throughout the cabinet.  When designing the different areas of a kitchen, placement is everything.  Designing the beverage center to be nearest to the dining room makes it easy to step from that room right around the corner for refreshments.

The island was created to include more seating and had angled edges to create a smooth flow around it.  Notice that the island is of a different finish than the perimeter cabinets around the kitchen.  The perimeter cabinets are a painted white while the island is a deep/dark stained color.  The home owner had her painter stain the rest of the trim in the house from honey oak to the color of the island, creating a rich, flow of color throughout the house.  The countertop of the island is also different than the perimeter countertop, adding additional interest and drama to the room. BEAUTIFUL!

And, let’s not forget the bookshelf . . . we built a custom made bookshelf where the half wall into the living room was, giving them more space and added  interest.  Not only is there a circular theme to the space, but an angular continuity found in this bookshelf as well as the island, beverage center and a secret storage cabinet that was included to house a corkboard on the bottom and keys etc. in the middle section.  No space went to waste in this kitchen!


This new, shallow cabinet offered by Haas was a perfect solution for this space. The customer saw a similar idea on Pinterest and we were thrilled to be able to recreate the idea with the use of this cabinet.

The finished product was one of a beautifully designed kitchen full of fun features that flow with the way this family lives in their home.  Notice the circular pattern in the light fixture above their table as well as in the chairs that captures the curves of the vent hood and the sink window.  Having a consistent flow of pattern in design creates feelings of peace and tranquility in a home, not a feeling of agitation, and couldn’t we all use more peace and tranquility in our daily lives!

We would love to help you design the perfect space in your home – your kitchen, bath, laundry room and more.  Call us at (815) 356-0912 to schedule your free consultation today.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for exciting and inspirational posts.