Designer Profiles: KATHY BETZ
"Her goal was to make it a family gathering place where her husband and two sons could sit down and chat with her while meals were being prepared and served, without sitting at a separate table."
Tell us how this particular kitchen design came about.
One of my contractors referred me to a woman who wanted to update her family’s kitchen. The home was built in the late 1970’s and the kitchen was a basic builder-grade L shape with a small eat-in area featuring a table and fours chairs. Her goal was to make it a family gathering place where her husband and two sons could sit down and chat with her while meals were being prepared and served, without sitting at a separate table.
What was your biggest challenge?
Working within the small kitchen space without bumping out any walls took some creativity. In order to create a 2-person working kitchen with adequate prep space and work flow, I moved the sink from under the window to the corner of the newly created peninsula. That left plenty of prep space between the sink and the range, while the peninsula allowed for seating in close proximity.
Brookhill Raised Panel
What influenced your cabinet choices?
My client gravitated toward a traditional style with raised panel doors. The Brookhill Maple doors seemed to fit well into her home’s décor. At the time, dark finishes were beginning to trend. And she found the darker, richer color of the Ginger Snap finish added much more warmth and appeal than the mid-tone oak that was in her kitchen.
Talk about some of the storage solutions used in this remodel.
In her previous kitchen, my client had standard fixed shelving. So we talked it over and decided to add some roll out trays for easier access. We ripped out a drywall pantry and replaced it with a 36-inch pantry with roll out trays. We also added some tray storage above the pantry. And she absolutely fell in love with waste cabinet that combined trash and recyclables discretely within her kitchen rather than a separate wastebasket in the corner. It was a much cleaner look.
Why did you choose Medallion?
That’s been my “go to” line for some time. There are so many styles to choose from, I feel like I have options from one end of the spectrum to the next. And they always seem to be on trend with their new products. Given all those choices, I can usually make Medallion Cabinets work across a pretty wide range of tastes and budgets.
What are some of the new trends you’re seeing?
White finishes seem to be on the rise. I’m seeing a lot of interest in finishes like Divinity, white chocolate and white icing. That said, darker, richer colors like Ginger Snap remain quite popular, and I’m really liking the new grey finishes, as well.