A DREAM HOME DESIGNED AROUND DREAM PRODUCTS: PART ONE - PLANNING
Former Perlick ambassador and multi-talented interior designer, Arianne Bellizaire, shares the first in a series of posts that detail her latest project—the complete renovation of a show home, featuring a full suite of Perlick appliances.
Summer is wrapping up, and I can’t believe how fast 2018 is flying by!
Last year, I had the pleasure of serving as the official Ambassador of Cool for Perlick, an incredible family-owned company known as one of the premier refrigeration manufacturers in the country.
My “reign” culminated with the design of a special vignette for KBIS 2018, where I helped Perlick announce the addition of one of the most exciting new product lines in the company’s 100 year history--full-size residential column refrigeration, as well as restaurant-quality range units.
What you don’t know is that I’ve been able to continue to work with Perlick on a top secret project—a whole-house renovation of a 25-year-old Acadian-style home in Baton Rouge’s prestigious Country Club of Louisiana neighborhood.
After more than a year of searching, my husband and I found the perfect “project” home that we could use to demonstrate our design capabilities, the fantastic work of some of our top trades and the high-quality brands that we know and love.
Since the home is more than 20 years old it needed a lot of work, but the overall layout was good and gave us a great foundation to work from.
We knew this project would be the ideal opportunity to design one of the first-ever “Perlick Kitchens,” featuring the innovative new products launched at KBIS, as well as some of the commercial-grade undercounter units for which Perlick is historically known.
Following is the first look at how we incorporated Perlick from the very beginning of the planning process for the kitchen, as well as in other spaces in this home, including the pantry and master bathroom.
PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING
Here’s the original floor plan for the home.
In a previous post, I hinted at this project and detailed one of the biggest changes we made, which was converting the powder room into a servery/pantry. Consider today’s post the “prequel” of this project series. You see, before we knew what we wanted to do in that servery/pantry, we had already determined the layout of the most important room in the home: The Kitchen!
Here’s how we started the process:
After photographing and measuring the original kitchen, we sat down to determine the ideal layout for the updated kitchen.
We identified each of the major zones of the “work triangle” (cleaning, cooking and consumables) and settled on a rough idea of where these areas would reside in the kitchen.
During this “programming phase,” we realized the home offered us an opportunity to make some structural changes that would give us even more functionality and allow for essentially two separate triangles. This is where the idea for the servery/pantry came in.
We knew we wanted to get rid of the awkward bulkhead and the wood beam, and we also knew the space needed visual balance, so we decided to add another window to the back sink wall.
These decisions helped us further clarify where we needed to place the appliances. We decided we would swap the cooking area from the island to the back wall so the range would be the focal point. Consequently, we placed the cleaning (sink) area on the island.
Then we reviewed the layout again by walking through the steps of how we would cook a meal in that space. This process allowed us to tweak the design further to provide the most efficient work process possible for the resident chef.
In the main kitchen area, we will be installing the new Perlick 48” range, the column refrigerator, the column freezer and the new Perlick Cubelet Ice Maker.
Designing with Perlick products in mind was easy to do because each of them has top-of-the-line features and all of them are panel ready, so the kitchen will have a clean, seamless look.
For the sink, we chose the SmartStation sink by Canadian-based Julien, and paired it with a pair of SmartTouch Articulating Arm Faucets from the Litze Collection by Brizo.
With those changes in place, here’s how the new kitchen floor plan looks:
In my next post, I’ll show you progress photos of how the kitchen is coming along! In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you which of the Perlick products we’re using are your favorite?