kitchenette design

January 30, 2012

The upstairs of this new garage wanted to become something special. And since our clients entertain we knew just what to give them.  Dan and Cindy knew they wanted a wall of storage an some appliances in their new kitchenette so we designed one to suit their needs and their style with a dishwasher, sink, a one-burner cook top, microwave drawer, and mini fridge.

A 'Before' shot of the kitchenette space.

hauthaus drawing of the cabinets.

Kitchenette details:

  • We specified cherry cabinets to coordinate with their cherry bathroom that is connected to the space.
  • The upper cabinets have mesh doors for sound to flow through the already built in speakers.
  • The long shelf will display their Starbucks mug collection.
  • Cambria counters were installed since they are virtually no-maintence and the color, Halstead, worked great with the mosaic wall tile.
  • Over time, the cherry cabinets will darken and will pop nicely off of the hickory floors.
  • We chose a single dishwasher drawer to save on space. Drawers can be very efficient if you have small loads to wash!

An 'After' shot of the kitchenette. The outlet covers need to be painted and the rest of the hardware installed, but it's almost done!

If you walk into a newly designed kitchen, you might wonder “where is the microwave?“. Gone are the days when the microwave was front and center above the stove in the kitchen. Now you might find it tucked away in a cabinet, on an island, or in its new form; a drawer in a base cabinet.

Drawer microwaves have many pros

  • Most over-the-range microwaves do not have great ventilation; which is exactly what you need over the range to get the odor and grease out of your home. By moving the microwave to a different location, you are allowed to get a proper ventilation system for your cooking.
  • Drawer microwaves are easy to use for kids and adults alike! How great it is to have the kids be able to help out with dinner or to be able to make their own breakfast! Since the drawer microwave is installed in a base cabinet it’s right at kid-height.
  • It’s great for universal design. People in wheelchairs can easily access a microwave in a lower base cabinet.
  • By moving the microwave to a base cabinet or island, it is taken out of your sight line which can make for a more beautiful and unified looking kitchen.

Wolf appliances

April 15, 2011

The thing that made third kitchen different from the others in the previous blog, was that it didn’t have a Wolf range!

Wolf trademark red knobs. (photo from Wolf/ Subzero website)

Wolf ranges and range tops are recognized all over because of their trademark red knobs. Wolf offers many cooking appliances, from gas and electrical ranges to microwave drawer solutions to outdoor grills. Their products really enhance the cooking experience.

You can see all of your favorite Wolf appliances at a beautiful Roth Distributing Showroom. To find the one nearest to you, click here.  Their staff is uber knowledgeable and eager to help you. They hold events each month that include a Use and Care Class and a Product Demonstration. Each of these events are fun and when you attend, you are in for a treat – they bring in a local chef to cook up some delicious treats for you!

On the Wolf website, you can even find out what your own personal ‘kitchen profile’ is.  It’s great! Just answer 7 easy questions about you and your cooking style and they will match you up with your Kitchen Profile and also give you suggestions on which Wolf appliance might be right for you. It’s easy and fun! Try it here!

Remember hauthaus when you start your next kitchen remodel! To see some of our previous kitchen projects, visit our website:

Wolf appliances. (photos from Wolf website)