Modern White Kitchen
Interview with Tim Huber from Affinity Kitchens
Designed by Affinity Kitchens in Scottsdale, AZ, this modern white kitchen is fresh, sleek, and gorgeous. Read below to see what their challenges and inspirations were for this crisp kitchen design.
Who designed the space?
Tim Huber: I was the designer, and the contractor was Handcraft Builders.
What is your favorite design element of this space?
TH: Favorite pieces were some of the appliances, including the under-counter beverage cooler, the induction cooktop, the double wall ovens, and especially the pop-up hood for the stove.
Where did you draw inspiration from when designing this kitchen?
TH: We were provided with an inspiration photo that the clients took at a local modern home tour, so that was square one. The previous kitchen layout was cramped, inefficient, and outdated; the homeowners wanted to enlarge the space to have enough room for seating around the island. They also wanted to update the style to be more contemporary and fresh.
PHOTO: Rick Young
Kitchen Quick Facts:
1. The horizontal backsplash tile was selected because of what the homeowner calls its “lace-like” appearance.
2. The refrigerator and freezer are actually two separate free-standing units, but the cabinetry was installed to be flush with the units, giving them a built-in look.
3. The cabinetry in the kitchen is a high gloss thermofoil that imitates the look of a lacquer, but without the extra cost.
PHOTO: Rick Young
What were some of the challenges your team had in designing this particular space?
TH: One challenge was wanting to raise the ceiling height, but there was a supporting beam spanning the length of the kitchen, so the designer worked around that. In the end, the ceiling height helped to achieve a very modern look by eliminating the need for crown moulding and creating a flush transition to the ceiling.
Another challenge was that the homeowner wanted plenty of seating at the island. After expanding the room’s floor plan, the designer added a table edge to the island in a different color and edge style that marry the two solid materials. The island base pedestal was a custom fabrication of sheets of precision cut anodized metal that were clad to a wood substructure. The material and color is a compliment to an existing metal mantle on the fireplace in an adjacent room. Cabinetry in a bamboo veneer was added to the back side of the island to add a complementary appeal. The exterior wall was also expanded outwards to replace the former existing bump-outs. This allowed for a fully-retractable glass wall to be put in, which was a great success.