Hyde Park Artsy Kitchen doesn't have to Break the Bank

Everyone knows that Fall is the season for art here in Chicago.  With EXPO Chicago and The River North Design District’s Fall Gallery Walk on the horizon, we thought it would be fun to share a kitchen we designed for one of our clients who is an avid art collector.

“Adding character doesn’t have to break the bank.  We worked with the client to create a rustic cabinet finish which is just as artsy as he is.  This client has great taste and he found cool stools and commissioned a bench made by an artist to blend in with the rest of the house.  The artist also installed plumbing pipe as a footrail. The eclectic nature of the furnishings really compliments the custom cabinetry.”   – Scott Dresner

Scott designs and builds many projects throughout the year with tight budgets.  Ways he suggests saving a few shekels:

1. Skip the quartzite and rare marble and opt for laminate, solid surface or granite
2. Choose drawer lip hardware or no hardware
3. Use laminate instead of wood cabinets- it looks very European and is extremely durable
4. Opt for stainless steel vs panelized and fully integrated appliances.  We try to make the refrigerator look as built in as possible.

“We really like the juxtaposition of industrial and rustic elements we used for this client.  The modern lines of the glass and stainless hood and the white laminate cabinetry are clean and minimal while the textural island and uppers above the sink create a rustic look. All in all- a unique look for this art-filled home.”   – Scott Dresner

See more of Scott’s Kitchen Designs here.
All photos by Jim Tschetter.

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