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  • 14 Glass Kitchen Cabinet Door Design Ideas – Rosenhaus Kitchen Design:

    14 Unique Glass Kitchen Cabinet Door Design Ideas

    Kitchen remodeling took a great step forward when glass doors were interspersed into a run of repetitive kitchen cabinets.  The premise was an airy, spacious look over the main work center and more user-friendly by featuring dishes and glasses which are prettier than soup cans or Mr. Quaker Oats.  For the most part this became the focal point of the design, often located over the sink, taking the place of a backyard vista or a view across the street. . Glass cabinetry can be beautiful offering various textures and translucency and can be with or without mullions that divide the window panes.  Glass’ transparency in kitchen cabinets, a dining room hutch or living room wall unit reveals the personality of the family. Glass is the entry to the soul of the kitchen. From grains in a jar in a ‘working’ kitchen to favorite keepsakes in a display cabinet, you have to be confident in saying: “This is me.” Since glass doors are an integral part of the cabinetry, everything matters:  the size, shape and even the directional movement – slide, lift, flip or swing – creates personality as well as functionality.  “Know the cook, design the look” with glass kitchen cabinet designs that will take your kitchen to the next level of eye popping design. Geometry  Glass People naturally follow patterns, be it connect-the-dots, alliteration or rhythmic sequences.  The basic geometry of patterns found in nature and man are based on the Fibonacci Sequence: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89,…where two adjacent numbers equal the next number and dividing one number by the following number yields the 62% Golden Proportion.  Pineapples, sunflowers, seashells, the statue of ‘David’ and the Taj Mahal are a few examples.  Studies have shown that to most people the Golden Rectangle, where the width dimension is 62% of its height is a more pleasing rectangle compared to any other width to height relationship, as seen in the shape of a pretty face.  For a fuller understanding of the geometry, visit my dynamic symmetry in design page or my Geometry in Nature – The DNA of Design slide presentation. The variety of patterns that create movement and vitality with this relationship has been my inspiration in nearly every kitchen cabinet composition in this presentation.  For the reason glass was introduced – to relieve the predictable, I now offer 13 progressive concepts for your next kitchen design renovation.   1-The Fibonacci Sequence There is a 62% increase in each of the three cabinets sizes (left to right): 18”+30”= 48”. Each cabinet has its own personality within the family of a single wood specie:  an open shelf; an angled, louvered sliding double door, and a triple glass cabinet.  Architecture is considered frozen music where rhythm is the door arrangement in the proportion 1-2-3.     2-Glass in a Composition In kitchen remodeling, form follows function as the appliance location directs the kitchen cabinet composition.  However, this arrangement doesn’t lend itself to your traditional mirror symmetry.  More interesting is the dynamic movement of the cabinet progression 3-2-1 to maintain balance.  The sequence 48”:30”:18”, has three solid doors over the stove (hiding the hood), two glass doors then a single shelf unit providing a variety of heavy/medium/light which enlivens the space.     3-Frank Lloyd Wright and Glass In a small apartment kitchen renovation, adding length to a space is the magic of a good designer.  Here, with the extended eave (a la Frank Lloyd Wright), the Golden Rectangle dining room glass cabinet relates back to the glass door at the far end of the kitchen. The change of height and scale alleviates a predictable design.  The proportional arrangement includes the area for the artwork as a 48” square, which together with the 30”x48” glass cabinet fills the space with a larger golden rectangle 48”x78”.  The cabinetry in the kitchen also has the 3-2-1 sequence.       4- Dynamic Symmetry The focal point expands a small apartment kitchen. From the back wall, the extended eave anchors the proportional cabinets: three glass doors 42”x27” (a golden rectangle), two louvers 27”x27”, and open shelf 15”x15”, in a 3-2-1 rhythmic sequence creating the focal point to the living room. At the same time, see how the alignment of the upper right corners of the open shelf and louver cabinet create a visual diagonal back up to the ceiling overhang which maximizes the room’s height.     5- Golden Rectangle glass cut outs Modern kitchen renovations with a flat door can have cut outs of any size.  Glass size proportional to the door is in harmony to produce a single unit.  The glass width is 62% of the door width. Had the wood been a standard 2-1/4” frame, the glass would overwhelm the design. The proportion can be checked by drawing a diagonal line from the corner of the door through the corners of the glass to the opposite door corner – basic geometry. In the composition, notice the change of cabinet depth and the spiral composition.  Begin in the center square: go down and clockwise; or from the three glass doors go up then counter clockwise.     6- Form and Function Sliding Glass Doors Sliding glass kitchen cabinet doors blend both design flare and function in a narrow galley kitchen.  Doors don’t swing open in your face and the two most usable shelves are easily accessible. The composition of cabinets generating a spiral movement similar to a Piet Mondrian painting begins with the horizontal ribbed glass and continues counter clockwise up a Golden Rectangle, across a double square, followed by  a square formed by a pair of doors and finishes with a smaller square.       7- Traditional Glass cabinets This large Manhattan kitchen renovation had enough closed storage to allow the maximum amount of glass in order to maintain the openness of the windows which unifies and creates a more expansive wall.         8- Transitional, Eclectic Unfitted Kitchen When going from point A to point B, let’s discover something new.  The pantry on the left has clear glass with mullions and the right cabinet has textured glass without mullions (although the shelves create lines of their own).  The variety helps feature the evolution of this 100 year old house.       9-Modern Galley Kitchen Sliding glass doors form the base for the stacked lift-up door cabinets in only a 6’ wide space. The aluminum track with rollers at the top allows for unencumbered access to the bottom shelf. The three upper right corners of the cabinets are aligned, similar to connecting the dots of a constellation, confirming the proper proportions in making a more pleasing design.  The open shelves are in 62% proportion to the adjacent solid doors.           10- Stainless Steel, Glass and Wood Contrasting materials form the kitchen cabinet arrangement as stainless steel frame glass doors surround two lift-up wood doors in a linear composition.  Various textures are more than just an obscure pane-in-the-glass in the three square frames along with a Golden Rectangle.         11- Fun Glass A variety of shapes can provide character and perhaps a sense of humor. The circle and the swerve create the metaphor of steam and bubbles rising over the stove.  Proportionally, the bottom of the circle is at the midpoint of the height of the door (located similarly to the bottom of the eye on a person’s head).  Each end of the swerve divides the door width at 62%.               12- Stacked Kitchen Cabinets A Golden Rectangle and square glass set in equally proportional doors provide an uplifting focal point.  As a general rule for any style of décor, the upper cabinet door should never be shorter than a square or taller than a Golden Rectangle.               13- Hip to be Square These four cut outs are not dead center on the door.  They are located similar to the eyes on a face – the bottom is at the mid-point of the door.  They are in Golden Proportion to the width of the door, being 62% wider than each side.               14-Taj Mahal The contractor asked: “What do you think we’re building, the Taj Mahal?” Yes, we are. The square glass cabinet and the adjacent Golden Rectangle cabinets are in the same proportion as the masterpiece’s entrance.  Instead of repetitive size doors, here is mirror symmetry with dynamic Golden Proportions.   In kitchen cabinet renovations and every other room, glass can be more than a pane in the frame.  With proper proportions it becomes part of the geometry of the cabinet arrangement.  Progressive kitchen design surpasses the predictable with movement and vitality.

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  • Do I Need A Kitchen Range Hood?:

     Do I Need A Kitchen Range Hood: 4 Reasons Why Not

    Kitchen range (or stove) hoods are the center piece of nearly all kitchen remodels shown in home renovation magazines. I dare say, for most kitchens, those over-sized and under-utilized kitchen hoods are more for the look than the cook. A four foot or wider 1000 CFM (Cubic feet per minute, a measure of how much air the ventilation hood moves every minute) stainless steel, wood, or tile covered hood is unnecessary.  And, for many homes and apartments it is out of proportion to the space and practically useless. DON’T BE HOODWINKED     Here are four reasons and solutions:

    1-  Cooks often incorrectly use their stove hood.

    The first and most obvious reason is nobody likes the high decibel level (around 65 dbs) generated by the fan. The basic 30″ wide, 300 CFM fan should be turned on ten minutes prior to cooking in order to begin pulling the air towards the hood. In a small kitchen you’re never far from the noise, therefore stove hoods are usually turned on when the smell is overwhelming. By this time it’s too late to suck in all the smoke and odor that by now has filled the room up to the ceiling which might even set off the smoke detector. Even a powerful hood won’t clear the air.

    2-  Kitchen hoods are usually not vented outside

    In Manhattan apartments, unless you can vent your stove hood through a window, you will most likely not be able to legally vent your kitchen hood to the outside. If you can vent your stove, a Certified Kitchen Designer has the training to know the proper exhaust system needed for the number of burners and strength (in BTU’s) of the stove burners.  If the hood cannot be vented to the outside, using a recirculating hood designed to capture some of the heat and moisture and minimally filter the air is the next best solution. However, as much as 70 percent of the same foul air is blown back into the kitchen.  Even worse, if the filter is through a non-ducting hood or over-the-stove microwave, the air is spewed directly into your forehead.  How terrible is that?

    3-  Most cooking does not require ventilation

    To just boil pasta, steam veggies or make pancakes, very little grease or moisture is generated.  This type of cooking usually doesn’t warrant a hood.  If the cooktop is near a window – simply open it slightly.  Most people are not in the kitchen all day with pots on all the powerful burners simultaneously.  If you only use the stove to its maximum on a few holidays you’ll hardly ever turn the fan on anyway.  Furthermore, would you remember to remove and clean the filter?

    4-  There are creative ways to protect cabinetry without a hood

    A)     The budget kitchen make-over can still protect the cabinets from every day residue by having the recommended 24” to 30” of clearance above the stove. B)      Placing a sheet of metal on the bottom of the cabinet that is directly over the stove at the same level as the adjacent cabinets will also protect it from the heat. This allows for a larger cabinet and increases storage space.   Design-wise, the cabinet at the same height as the surrounding cabinets creates a more uniform appearance (as shown). The old-school kitchen design reasoning that more head clearance is needed at the stove is outdated. Notice how the ill-conceived placement of the ineffective venting capability of the microwave over the stove would fill that same space, anyway. In addition, I find that cabinets are prettier than machines.  Don’t you?

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