Ultra-Custom Kitchen

This is the crown jewel of a beautiful custom home. Mike Petrella, who is the owner as well as the contractor/builder had a dream kitchen in mind and was determined to get it. We worked with him in a flexible and collaborative real-time design environment to make his dream come true. Mr. Petrella is an accomplished cook and had very specific functional requirements including sink, counter top and appliance placement. We worked with him to take this functional design and turn it into an incredible themed room. The design was created as the project took shape and each themed element was made to fit the evolving design. We view this not as a kitchen but rather as a collection of art pieces, carvings and sculptures that come together to form a seamless and spectacular themed environment.

This is surely one of the most elaborately themed modern kitchens ever built. It contains 7 full sheets of granite and every counter top is two layers thick (2.5 inches). There are two ovens, two dishwashers, two islands, two sinks, 16 feet of walk-in pantry behind four custom three foot glass doors and a 7 foot copper and Corian arch over the gas cook-top.

Here are some of the items we created for this incredible room:
  • 14 custom carved solid cherry columns
  • Over 200 inlaid copper grape clusters
  • Hundreds of feet of custom hardwood moldings
  • Over 40 linear feet of deep relief carvings
  • 3 giant back-lighted lithophane carvings
  • 29 totally custom handmade cherry hardwood doors with inlaid copper grape clusters and copper edge beads
  • 12 matching drawer faces and furniture grade matching drawer boxes
  • 20 furniture grade custom cabinets, each capable of being a free-standing furniture piece
  • Carved Corian column caps and pedestals, carved to match counter top edge design
  • Five layer crown molding made from cherry hardwood and relief carved Corian
  • Custom booth chairs
  • Custom coat of arms cold-cast in copper
  • Custom built-in computer workstation/home automation system controlling all lighting and providing internet access. The software was written by us and the graphic elements precisely match the color, wood grain and designs in the kitchen.
  • Custom five level light rail molding system with integrated commercial rope lighting for even lighting under all cabinets.
  • Commercial rope lighting concealed behind crown molding to evenly light the ceiling above all cabinets.

Grand ScaleThis over-sized kitchen seats up to 22 people.

Granite EverywhereThis view shows the incredible amount of granite used. In all, 7 full sheets were used. Note the full granite back walls running to the floor.

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More StoneBesides the 7 sheets of granite used, the floors are also solid stone. The finest italian travertine complements the exotic, highly figured granite.

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Giant PantriesFrom here, you can see the four custom three foot glass doors leading to an incredible 16 linear feet of pantry space. Inside the pantry are four rolling chrome restaurant style racks 4ft by 6ft each. Above the pantry doors are cabinets inset into the wall. This provides even more storage space above the pantries.

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Granite and Cherry TableThis five foot by 6 foot table is 2.5 inch thick granite supported by custom carved solid cherry columns.

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One of a Kind Arched Wall UnitThe arch over the cooktop has back-lighted carved Corian lithophane images, custom carved cherry arch and custom carved copper coat of arms.

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Coat of ArmsWe created this coat of arms design specifically for the owner's family. We then created a 3D model of the design in the computer and carved it on our CNC machine.

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More ColumnsThe cooktop base is accented by custom carved cherry columns sitting on Corian bases. These are two of the 14 columns throughout the kitchen.

Copper and Corian Arch InteriorThe interior of the arch is made with sheets of solid copper with custom Corian trim and vent cover. The vent cover is secured with magnets so it can be removed for cleaning in the dishwasher.

Main IslandThe main island, one of two islands, contains a trash compactor, a wine cooler, one of the two drawer-style dishwashers and one of the two sinks.

Bar IslandThe bar island, one of two islands, contains the second of two drawer style dishwashers and the second of two sinks.

Highly Figured Exotic GraniteThis is a rare, exotic, highly figured granite with massive silver and clear quartz veins such as the one shown here. Care was taken to align the veins so that the color and figure runs from one counter top to the next.

Large Relief Carving in CherryThis carving was made from a solid slab of cherry measuring 14 inches by 30 inches by 2 inches thick.

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Custom Copper CoatingsEven the air conditioning vents and recessed light trim rings were coated with a layer of real copper to match the other copper elements in the room.

Reverse ViewAnother great view of the kitchen from the dining room. Note the carving of the coat of arms repeated in the wood arch molding which continues from the front of the arch cabinets.

Detailed Moldings Throughout the HouseIntricate wainscot molding and chair rail as it transitions into the kitchen. This molding, cut and installed by the owner/builder himself, is run throughout the whole house.

Restaurant Style BoothOne of the chairs that make up the built-in booth. The restaurant style booth and table was one of the main items on the homeowner's wish list.

Theme Continues Under CabinetsLooking up from the booth, you can see the mirror-polished copper sheet cabinet bottoms, concealed rope lighting and the home automation control computer screen above the office desktop.

Custom Beaded DoorsAll the doors were completely custom, built from scratch in our shop. Each door has four inlaid custom copper grape clusters and copper beads around the inside door panel.

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Chandelier Becomes InspirationThis chandelier with glass grapes and crystal and copper design elements was one of the first items purchased by the owner and became an inspiration for the theme design.

Entertainment CenterThis is one of two entertainment center/art display areas in the family room adjacent to the kitchen.

Stone FloorsBeautiful solid stone travertine floors which continue the theme of natural materials are used throughout every room in the house and are a great complement to the granite countertops.

14 Relief Carved ColumnsA great view of the floor and some of the 14 custom carved cherry columns created for this kitchen.

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Beveled Octagon Tray CeilingA beveled octagon tray ceiling plus an arch add architectural interest to the kitchen. The house has octagon tray ceilings in many other rooms as well.

Unique Crown MoldingThe crown molding 7 inches wide and was made from cherry hardwood and Corian. The Corian had grapes pocket relief carved into it and was then sprayed with a layer of real copper. The Corian was then sandwiched between layers of cherry hardwood.

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Fanatical Attention to DetailCloseup of beaded trim around bottom of cabinets. Note that the trim actually runs around items like the face frame and the granite. This level of detail demands many hours of hand fitting and micro-cutting of pieces, sometimes as small as 1/8 inch.

Family Room Side of Bar IslandTwo large custom carved cherry columns help support an over-sized granite top. The entire front of the bar is galaxy black granite with granite pilasters behind the columns.