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Let there be Light!
As the previous space housed only dated can lights, Lutz and his team
incorporated the latest in lighting technology and layered in a variety of light
sources, including the latest LED undercabinet, display and toe kick lighting.
"I'd like to give a special nod to Tresco Lighting by Rev-A-Shelf," said
Lutz."The company sent out its owner and some engineers to initially help
us specify the right kind of lighting applications."
The toe kick space features warm LED tape lighting, and the underside
and interiors of the cabinets use a combination of Elli-V light strips and
spots - all controlled by concealed, dimmable touch switches. Another
use of this "trick" lighting is on the shelves above the wet bar sink - these
shelves can be set to any color or can rotate through a rainbow of colors
via a wireless, remote device.

Countertop and Cabinet Debates
Lutz's clients wanted to install more of a traditional cabinet look - flush,
inset doors with a flat panel - but the scale/height of the new cabinetry
dictated that they use a framed cabinet.They were also insistent on doing
everything white, as it had been before, but Lutz persuaded them into finishing the wet bar and island in a contrasting wood and color as accents.
Those two areas are done in a stained (Windsor) cherry wood, while a
custom door style features a wider rail/stile than the typical Shaker door
and a little step on the inside of the frame. The same door design was
used consistently on both the stained cherry and painted white cabinetry.
The wife chose a white marble countertop with a honed finish, even
though the material requires more care than granite or quartz. According
to Lutz, "She saw it once and could not talk herself out of it."
In the wet bar, the clients commissioned an architectural glass artist to
design and fabricate the cast-glass-top countertop with an integral sink
also cast in the glass. The bowl features a deeply textured, mirrored underside that radiates a silver appearance when lit by the lighting above.

A variety of lighting was used
from Tresco Lighting by Rev-AShelf, including LED undercabinet,
display and toe kick lighting. The
toe kick space features warm LED
tape lighting, and the underside
and interiors of the cabinets use a
combination of Elli-V light strips and
spots - all controlled by concealed,
dimmable touch switches.

Tricks of the Trade
As with most projects, it's understandable that there can be a few
hiccups along the way. First and foremost with this kitchen was the lack
of ventilation, which when installed, needed to be placed in the correct
location over the island to cover the capture area, which Lutz says was
accomplished by the expert installers.
"Since there had been no ventilation in the previous space, I was adamant about satisfying this important issue in my design," he added. "As
I developed a general plan and the footprint for the island evolved, it
allowed me to place an efficient, stylish hood over the cooktop and not
obstruct the view through the kitchen."
Another issue was accommodating the different kinds of lighting in a
place where it could be concealed. Lutz used an area in the lower-level
utility room and was able to put in all of the transformers and accessible
wiring below the kitchen, mounted to the wall.
The clients wanted the cabinets to reach the ceiling at 123 inches
and tie into the existing crown molding, which would add more storage
space above the refrigerator and the wall oven. Those tall cabinets were
not going to be easy to access, so Lutz used a remote activator to flip up
the large doors with the use of special hardware and servo-drive motors.
"The clients love this feature and enjoy demonstrating this high-tech
mechanism for their guests," he added.
The last but not least challenge was always looming, and that was

keeping the solid oak kitchen floor that had always been there. In trying
to be considerate of the existing footprint, Lutz said he was able to cover
98 percent of the perimeter and island areas with the new cabinets, and
with the other two percent he pieced in small spots of new flooring, which
when sanded and finished looked exactly like the original oak floor.
According to Lutz, one of the most important things about this and
any other project is to listen to what your client envisions - it's not all about
the designer's vision. At the same time, he uses his experience to steer his
clients in the right direction - making sure to do things right the first time.
"You do not want to have to redesign again in two years," he added.
"And these clients said the very words every designer wants to hear at the
end of the project: They wouldn't change a thing." n

sources
Designer: Thomas Lutz, Just 4 You, LLC; General Contractor: Laife
McGary, The Remodeling Co, LLC; Photography: Phototech
Appliance Installation: L & L Services; Beverage Center, Microwave
& Refrigerator: GE; Cabinet Installation: Tom Lutz & Phil Worsley;
Cabinetry: Grabill Cabinet Co.; Cooktop, Oven & Warming Drawer:
Wolf; Countertops: Caibe & Co.; Decorative Hardware: Atlas
Homewares; Dishwasher: Asko; Functional Hardware: Blum,
Rev-A-Shelf, LLC; Hood: Zephyr; Lighting: Tresco Lighting by Rev-A-Shelf

	

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KBB - November/December 2014
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
People & Places
All Abroad
Universal Design
Business Practice
PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products What’s hot
Change is Good
Cover Story
Self-Storage
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Contents
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Online Contents
KBB - November/December 2014 - 7
KBB - November/December 2014 - Editor’s Note
KBB - November/December 2014 - 9
KBB - November/December 2014 - Show Director’s Note
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KBB - November/December 2014 - People & Places
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KBB - November/December 2014 - All Abroad
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Universal Design
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KBB - November/December 2014 - Business Practice
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KBB - November/December 2014 - PRODUCT INNOVATOR AWARDS
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