The kitchen in our timber frame is, like the rest of the home, scaled down. Since it measures out at 10′ X 11′, we had to make the best use of space and materials. We painted the maple cabinets (an often unpopular choice) to bring in light and to carry forward with our cottage look and we left the upper cabinets open and stained them to match the trim in the rest of the house. Since our old home had open cabinets, we knew we would like the concept. Having dishes and serving pieces within easy reach is a nice touch. The “messy” stuff …food, spices, etc,… will go in the pantry cabinet or lower cabinets. The larger pieces (crock pot, seldom used pans, etc) will be shelved in the storage closet under the stairs.
The concrete countertops really stand out. They are a dark gray. We wanted a rich glow, but not a glossy surface. Buffing compound helped us to get that look. It is warm and subtle. With a 2″ depth, they offer mass and a substantial feel. They just feel right in a timber frame home.
Floors and ceiling are wood, so it was important to have enough task and ambient lighting. We used a combination of undercabinet lighting, ceiling lighting, and lights above the cabinets. Timber frames can, if allowed, overwhelm the kitchen space.
The kitchen is open to the living area and will have two barstools for casual dining and cooking coaches. We added shelves (with lumber salvaged from the old homeplace) under and to the end of the bar. Again, in a small home, the use of space is important.