Before, during and after building the kitchen for Iron Works.
Building and creating a compact two butt kitchen for the cabin was a challenging experience with multiple mind-boggling puzzles to solve. The best laid plans can sometimes have minor quirks and ours had several. More importantly, though, every headache was worth the end result.
One of the most unusual obstacles centered around the stove and placement of the stove. First, image how to get a 36″ stove into the kitchen opening after the granite counters have been put into place when the opening is only 34″. Two inches too small to just slide the oven or easily carry the oven to its final position. To make sure that the stove fit into the final opening after the granite had been put down the installation was delayed. It wasn’t put in place earlier because of the possibility of scratch and dent if installed to early. Luckily, after the granite contractors finished installing the granite, they helped Gus lift the stove over the counters and put it into place. This also involved taking the stove out of it final place multiple times to grind off about 1/8″ of the counter so the stove would fit into place. To top it off, the stove would not fit far enough to the back of the wall to allow for the dishwasher to open without hitting the oven handles. With a little ingenuity, Gus cut out the drywall behind the stove so that it would slide back a couple more inches. Finally, stove was installed and the dishwasher cleared the top oven handle. The dishwasher still has to rest on the bottom door handle which is a little odd, but does work.
The framework for the cabinets are not your typical wood type framing. They are made entirely from steel that was cut and welded by Gus. This was another fun experience. Outside measures were taken as well as inside measures. One cabinet came out lopsided when the outside measure was used on one side and the inside measure on another. Poor Gus had to cut it back apart and start it over. Just as most everything built for Iron Works, the cabinet frames where heavy and awkward. They were built-in sections. For example the upper cabinet to the right is one piece while the upper cabinet to the left is also one piece. Very heavy and cumbersome to install.
The counters are a Rain Forest Brown Marble. Just above the counter in the foreground in an industrial metal serving bar that runs the entire length of the front counter. It is held up by only three posts that are anchored to the ground. The lighting in the kitchen is all from repurposed light shields that are white porcelain inside and forest green cover. They were found while picking “American Pickers” style in South Dakota over a year before beginning the cabin. The back-splash runs the entire interior of the kitchen and is small 1″ copper squares that came in 12″ square sheets. This give the kitchen a full richness of browns, bronze and golden colors.
The kitchen sink is one of the most unusual items in the kitchen. The base is from an repurposed super heavy-duty 1940’s vintage industrial radial drill press factory table that was purchased from Urban Remains Chicago, an antique and architectural artifacts company based in Chicago. It was taken apart and repurposed again for our use.
Plumbing the sink was a nightmare but it all came together. The sink itself is hammered copper and has only one bowl. While two bowls would have been better, we were working with a limited opening and depth. At the base, there is a door that opens to a small storage area for dish soap and other essentials.