Wood is our Specialty - Feature it in your Kitchen

When was the last time you saw a kitchen counter finished with Wood?  A timeless material, and a warm organic look combine for a unique experience in the kitchen when the likes of granite and steel have been all the rage.  Wood has some surprising benefits like sound dampening along with the inviting organic feel.  Seen here with exposed brick, our kitchen designers can play with the textures available in your kitchen renovation and build to a clean modern aesthetic as well as a eclectic casual style.
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Islands - Storage - Functionality

Increase the functionality in your kitchen with more built in storage around and island, freestanding matching china cabinets and all manner of design features.  Gepetto Designers prefer to hide your appliances behind matching Cabinet facing.  We enjoy tucking extra slide out drawers in spaces that other designers might leave open rather than build with intracacy.
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Architecturally Inspired Design

If you are renovating an older home, or trying to bring style and grace to your new construction, our kitchen designers can provide creatively elegant solutions beyond the average cabinet over counter designs from big box retailers or large scale homebuilders.  The cost of elegantly finished architecturally inspired design is not proportionally higher than any other option.  This free standing custom cabinet appears as though the house was designed around this piece which hides the refrigerator and microwave as well as storage inside!  Take a second look at our galleries and give us a call to notice all the finer details built into a craftsman kitchen.

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Live Edge Solid Wood Countertops

Live edge is named because we strip the bark from the solid wood and leave it exactly as it was formed by growth irregularities in it’s plank form.  The raw plank shows the unique signature of the grain angle it was cut at and we match the planks with solid wood joinery.  Shown here a 3″ thick countertop provides an all natural work surface for your meal prep and daily chores.  Some might even say the aesthetic is rooted in a natural vibe…

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3D or CAD Preview Drawings

With computers everything is faster and more accurate.  With your measurements, we can get started.  Taking into account your lighting, windows, and appliances we can make a short list of the necessary items.  With a clear look at where and what – we can delve into cost for fabrication and the materials you wish to feature.  Finalizing it all, we can produce in the shop faster as the same software helps us build a cut list and finishing diagrams.

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Counters & Storage

Beyond the obvious needs in a kitchen renovation, such as updating to current and personal styles, one of the most common complaints about lackluster kitchens are the need for additional counter space and storage options.  Whether it be the height of shelving or the depth of counter tops, Gepetto designers have worked on many of Richmonds rejuvenated warehouses and secondary use rebuilds.  Counter height cabinetry provides extra storage below and height adjustable shelving above can widen your options.  Islands can improve your workflow while providing centralized seating options.

Reclaim & Reuse

Reclaim more useable space in your kitchen with good design for the infamous service triangle.  Reuse materials or build with reclaimed materials like you can see in our reclaimed wood facings.  We have torn down many an antique barn across Virginia and turned it into complete kitchen & bar sets.  We delight in the intricate imperfections in aged and natural wood and our finishing techniques stabilize and fix the grain in its current state.

Project Spotlight: Marri Vanna Washington DC

Our biggeest project in 2013 fits the Marri Vanna restaurant with custom woodworking in their eclectic design style. Solid wood restaurant fittings in a faux 19th century replica style.

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Southern Plantation Historic restoration contractor

Wooden construction restored from a gutted historical property including:cabinetry, kitchen design, wardrobe style kitchen storage, fireplace mantles, bathroom storage, laundry hideaway, china display shelving, custom closet design (NYC theme), skylight.

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Project Spotlight: Theater Room and hybrid spaces

I was hired for this large home project by a local contractor I have experience working with in the past. Trust is a valuable and scarce commodity in the building industry unfortunately. I write these articles in the trust building process with you, as you consider hiring your contractor, because creativity and better design come out of a trusting working relationship! The theater room hybrid project showcases a design suggestion made by the Gepetto Craftsman after looking at the plans drawn by the architect for elliptical windows topping off the glass doors to the porch. When I got the architectural drawings and took a look at them I felt that the drawings were leaving out a huge opportunity in the woodworking in the room. Let me give you a picture to set the stage:

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DESIGN PLENTY OF COUNTER AND STORAGE

The kitchen is usually the most used room of the home and renovating a kitchen island has been the most popular design addition to the kitchen. An island provides extra storage and counter space making your kitchen super functional and decreasing clutter accumulation. We want to share some of the design lessons we have learned for creating the perfect kitchen island.  Your kitchen island can do a variety of things including hiding outlets! Just as important as a work station for food prep is a homework station, breakfast bar, charging station for devices and a center for entertaining friends and guests. Modern appliance options can place your cooktop in the island, or hide other kitchen essentials in cabinetry to create a kitchen island that can evolve.

WOOD IS TIMELESS AND DURABLE

Remember when ‘granite countertops’ were an advertised feature?  Yea, and if you have ever worked in foodservice, you probably don’t want your home to be a ‘stainless steel’ surface reverberating every motion on the countertop!  Any way you slice it, wood is a timeless building material with natural interest in it’s grain structure.  In the kitchen, wood used for countertops can be resurfaced or repaired should serious damage occur while a crack in granite would be permanent.  The organic feel of exposed grain has been valued for generations and only recently has painted wood been seen as anything besides cheaply covering poor quality materials.  Gepetto can help you source the species of wood that fits your budget and your taste.

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WOOD COUNTER BUDGET LEVELS:

$ Price Level:
  • American Beech
  • American Cherry
  • Ash
  • Knotty Alder
  • Red Oak

Moderate Price Level:

  • African Mahogany
  • Birch
  • Black Walnut
  • Brazilian Cherry
  • Bubinga
  • Butternut
  • Eucalyptus Grandis
  • European Beech
  • Hickory
  • Iroko
  • Lyptus
  • Maple
  • Padauk
  • Red Oak Quartersawn
  • Santos Mahogany
  • Sapele Mahogany
  • Superior Grade Alder
  • Tigerwood
  • White Oak Flatsawn
  • White Oak Quartersawn

High Price Level:

  • Bolivian Rosewood
  • Burmese Teak
  • Cocobolo
  • Curly Anigre
  • Genuine Mahogany
  • Plantation Teak
  • Wenge
  • Zebrawood