Archive for February, 2014

Site visit update

Author: Travis Kinney

It’s looking nice. This house will be sided with Maibec shingles with stone veneer at daylight basement.


IMG_4032 I hope this means they have been using my drawings a lot!


Kitchen update

Author: Travis Kinney


I took some recent photos of a nice kitchen that is nearing completion and thought it would be nice to post some sequence sketches and cadd drawing along with progress photos.

These first two sketches are just a couple of many sketches produced during Schematic Design for the kitchen layout. What you can’t really tell from the sketches is how the kitchen relates to the dining room on left, ocean-view at sink, opening to breakfast nook in upper right, doorway and half-wall to foyer at bottom of page. Also, the pantry doors and alignment with dining room doors. And….see those dashed lines? Those are coffer beams at the ceiling that need to align perfectly with upper cabinet. There’s a lot of items in a kitchen that need careful coordination. The better all these elements are coordinated, the more flawless the end result.



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This next sketch is just a portion of all the interior elevations produced for this kitchen. So many things changed since this was produced. Notice the ceiling cabinets with leaded glass doors. That was later removed. Location of ovens, freezer drawers and refrigerator also changed.


Here’s part of the cadd drawings that I produced for the kitchen. Lots of intricate dimensions had to be worked out to get everything to work. We squeezed a lot into this relatively small kitchen. The notes in orange were some changes that were made after the drawings were issued. You can’t really see it, but in that area (where notes and dimensions are high-lighted in orange) is an under-counter beverage cooler flanking opening to breakfast nook. In order to maximize the size of that opening, we pushed the beverage refrigerator through the pantry wall and into the pantry. Required some tricky coordination with cabinet manufacturing.




Below are two elevations of the walk-in pantry showing a farm sink on left and owner supplied stained glass panel on right. This pantry is pretty cool and has some nice storage and recycling details that I will post at a later date when I get better photos.




See the complexity of ceiling moldings? That’s a lot of stuff to coordinate with cabinetwork and wall paneling. You can see the Miele speed oven and Miele convection oven.




Here’s one photo of the kitchen island I designed.




I detailed all the tapered columns that I wanted and how they worked with baseboard and adjacent cabinets.







Here’s a photo of the nearly complete range area. On the left is a 15″ Sub-Zero Induction top with 36″ Wolf range top. If you look closely, you’ll see a central vacuum “sweep” port under the toe-kick space. Also notice the feet at toe kick. One problem with decorative feet in a kitchen is that there is often a little dead-space behind them that can collect dust-bunnies. The solution is to have the toe-kick feet fabricated from 3″ thick stock so that there is not hidden space behind the feet. You can see what I’m talking about if you look at the foot on the right in photo below.

Notice the lack of a stone backsplash. Typically I have a stone backsplash, even if it’s just 1″ tall. I like a small backsplash that is sealed to the counter as it makes a great surface to clean against and is easy to maintain. As much as I love this look below, the problem is the grout joint right at the stone counter and the vertical grout joint between each tile. It will be difficult over time to keep those joints as clean and bright as the other joints. They get a lot more exposure to water and will discolor over time.

I created a lot of study drawings for all the cabinet door panels. See that lower door panel on left of photo? The frame around the door needs to be about 2 1/4″ wide for the slow-close euro hinges mounted on the interior. Well, that reduces the size of the raised panel. So….when we begin to look at the drawer front, which tend to be a lot smaller than the door panels, we run into the problem of what should align and what shouldn’t. See the small drawer above the lower cabinet door? If we made the drawer frame 2 1/4″ then there wouldn’t be enough room for a raised panel. The option we chose, was to eliminate the flat frame and move the bolection molding out to the edge of the drawer, creating the largest space possible for the raised panel. You’ll see this approach used through-out the kitchen to good effect.


The owner gave us the leaded glass panel to incorporate into their pantry. The pantry has a mix of open shelving, shelving behind sliding glass doors and concealed storage behind solid doors.


There’s a cadd detail up above for this quarter-column at the sink. See how the baseboard matches the radius of the column and there’s no joint between the applied baseboard at column and across sink to other column? Looks clean and simple, but it’s certainly far from simple. There was a lot of precise math and cadd drawing to get that clean look. There are Bosch diswashers to the right and left of sink base which is why there is no baseboard in those locations. (Cardboard is on the floor to protect the finish).






Under construction

Author: Travis Kinney

I have five projects under construction right now! So I’ll have lots of great images to post once they are complete. Right now, I just have a lot of construction photos.




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Master bedroom fireplace

Author: Travis Kinney

Here’s a photo of the fireplace in a master bedroom. Looks straight forward enough, but there is a lot of complexity hidden in this installation. Behind the fireplace are a gambrel valley. Most of you may not know what that is, but if you’re a builder, you’ll know there’s a lot of complicated framing in there. Then there’s the code clearances required around the chimney flue which snakes up to attic above and out through roof.¬†Added to that, there is wiring and hardware for mounting a flat screen tv in alcove above fireplace.





Here are some of the cadd drawings I created to make this fireplace and TV work in the space.





Fireplace section Fireplace plan

Author: Travis Kinney

Here’s a photo of a portion of the large master vanity. Notice how the counter curves in at the sink.



Below are some of the extensive cadd drawings that were created for this built-in vanity.

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These photos didn’t come out so nice, but they are the only ones I took of the tub. You can see in the first photo that the cabinet in not complete. The solid panel at bottom of the cabinet door will conceal a built-in tv. You can’t tell from the photo, but the leaded glass oval window has really cool seeded glass for privacy.










In this project we utilized every square inch for storage. The cabinet at foot of tub is built against the gambrel roof slop in one direction and as soon in ar right of cadd drawing below, more storage is built into knee-wall of cross gambrel.





It’s too bad they skipped the curve top of the cabinet. It would have matched the tub better. But hey, I understand that some of these ideas get just plain expensive and have to be altered at times. Still, I can wish. tubendcadd

Boy’s vanity

Author: Travis Kinney

Here’s a bad photo of a rather nice vanity that I designed. As you can see (from missing mirror) they are not quite done with this room.



Here’s a copy of design in cadd. The design started with a number of sketches until it was ready for millwork drawings. As you can see from the drawing, I specify the sink and faucet assembly to make sure everything fits. I just scrolled up to the vanity photo and noticed that the backsplash is not correct. If you look at cadd files, I call out for a taller backsplash and if you look at drawing at the bottom, you’ll see that I have a small curved, stone shelf mounted on top of the backsplash. This is a very cool detail that I have had installed a number of times where little trickets and display items can be set upon it. Plus, it just looks cool and provides a nice soft curve to an otherwise masculine and angular vanity. Wonder why they didn’t install it? I’d say maybe they will, but backsplash in photo is not tall enough, so somebody opted to skip it.