When I was thinking of a title name for this kitchen renovation, a different title than the one above came to mind: “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream.”
Anyways, a few years back I got a call to meet with our new customers. I drove to Ventura Lakes, an active 55+ gated manufactured home community, in beautiful Punta Gorda, FL.
As soon as I arrived Bob and Deanna invited me inside their home. Without delay they asked me a pointblank question. “Would you be willing to design our kitchen with shiny white cabinets and orange countertops?” I first looked at Deanna, and then at Bob. I have never had a customer ask me a question like this one before. I saw the look on their faces. They were both very serious. I honestly can’t remember my answer—word for word—but I basically told them that if this is what they wanted, I would design their kitchen as requested. I saw a sigh of relief that crossed both of their faces. They went on to tell me that I was the third designer they called. The first designer told the homeowners they should use a French country theme. I was quite surprised because there were plenty of modern art paintings hung on the homeowners’ walls, along with retro furnishings.
When the second designer flat out told Bob and Deanna they shouldn’t use shiny white and orange in their home, they asked the designer to leave. So, Bob and Deanna decided to ask around the neighborhood to see if anyone knew of a kitchen designer who would be willing to listen to their wants and needs. My name was mentioned by a few of their neighbors.
So, there I was. I was asked to incorporate the colors of Popsicle Creamsicle bars in their new kitchen. (Of course the homeowners didn’t actually use the name “Popsicle Creamsicle bars.” It was the orange with white ice cream picture that I couldn’t get out of my mind). Anyhow, their main objective was to create an ultra-luxurious, mid-century kitchen packed with amenities. Aside from using white and orange colors, the outdated kitchen needed much more than a quick fix to change its cut-off position in the household. I suggested we replace the existing peninsula with a large island. To accomplish this, two interior walls would have to be removed. This ultimately would combine the kitchen and dining room into one great room. Nothing limits a room’s potential more than a divisive wall. Bob and Deanna loved this idea! I designed the huge, one-of-a-kind island with waterfall countertop. The orange quartz countertop is elevated by the cascading waterfall effect of a material that travels from countertop to floor. These counters drop vertically down the sides instead of stopping abruptly at the edge of a cabinet or island, creating a continuous flow that links the floor to the cabinetry in a fluid design. The island has plenty of deep and wide drawers to store items ranging from dinner plates to pots and pans.
Across from the island, I designed two pantries that would flank the refrigerator. The dual pantries make up for the lack of wall cabinets in the kitchen. Since this space would be visible from the great room, it was essential that the pantries be visually appealing. Each one of the pantries has six rollout trays. Roll-out trays are small shelves located inside cabinets that can be rolled out to reach items more easily.
Next to the pantries is a breakfast nook surrounded by large windows, which lets in plenty of natural light. This was a perfect place for the homeowners’ retro table and chairs.
This kitchen couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of the professional and talented crew from Just Counters & other stuff, Coral Coast Construction, and SunMac Stone Specialist.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Florida’s hot temperatures and year-round summer weather than being in this cheerful mid-century kitchen, eating ice cream. Orange Creamsicle anyone?