Friday, October 8, 2010

Field visit with Kitchen Designer Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn and Jack Daulton on site discussing design alternatives. Matthew was brought on board as one of the Southeast's foremost kitchen and bath designers.  He is based in Atlanta and is doing a great deal to bring the project to it's full fruition.  I asked Matthew to comment on the French Modern design he has tailored specifically for the Daulton House :

"I first met the Daultons at an Atlanta Symphony showhouse kitchen where I had designed the kitchen.  I loved how excited they got when they spoke about their home that was about to break ground and their talented architect and his unique building techniques.  I was intrigued and appreciative when we decided to work together on their kitchen and baths.  The kitchen is very important to Jack as he loves to cook. The kitchen is truly at the center of the home and visible from the front door.  We created a deep paneled, arched hallway that disguised doors to the powder room and laundry room that connected the foyer to the kitchen.  Naturally, Clay had the front door in perfect alignment with the gorgeous raised hearth fireplace in the keeping room at the other end of the house.  It worked beautifully to align the pendants over the 9' long island on that same centerline.  The refrigerator, microwave and small countertop appliances will be tucked to the side allowing the 48" pro range and custom metal hood to be the focal points of the space.  Three clerestory windows will cascade light over the wall cabinets and give glimpses of treetops while sitting at the island.  Lots of workable countertop, drawers for everything, tall pantry storage and even a wine cooler and coffee system were accommodated.  The perimter cabinets will be painted a warm taupey gray while the island will be painted black apearing as if it has "grown" out of the dark hardwood floors.  A layering of texture and colors such as the matte granite countertops, dimensional tile backsplash, and polished nickel faucets and hardware will be the finishing touches.  I cant wait to see it all come together."

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