“Big house, little house, back house, barn,” was a little rhyme children used to sing in 19th century New England. The classic New England farm house usually started off with one building that was added on to until you had the big, little, and back houses.
Bob’s 18th century farmhouse was the same. The original kitchen was in the “little house” originally built in the 1700s. Needless to say, the kitchen wasn’t big enough for an Italian American man who liked to cook and entertain.
The little house is now gone, and Bob created an addition to the big house that includes his brand-new Italian-style IKEA kitchen.
A cook’s kitchen, built from IKEA
In Bob’s last remodel, he built a big living room for visitors. Of course, friends, family, and guests all gravitated toward the kitchen.
So Bob wanted a cook’s kitchen that let people in, but kept them out of the workflow. He designed the new addition with an open concept and placed a peninsula in the kitchen to allow people to join him without getting stepped on.
Functionality was key for this kitchen, but Bob also wanted his kitchen to be bold and stunning. Bob selected a Silestone countertop and IKD Designer Ana suggested adding a waterfall detail, a result Bob describes as looking “like sculpture.”
Bob chose IKEA because he wanted a modern Italian kitchen without breaking the bank. He described the IKEA showroom as “like the candy store when you’re looking for kitchens.” He was impressed with the multitude of options that let you really customize your kitchen.
The fun ended when he spent 8 hours trying in vain to use the IKEA Home Planner by himself. Instead he turned it over to the IKEA kitchen design professionals – IKD of course.
The finished Italian-style IKEA kitchen
What a beautiful New England view! You can also more closely see the LANSA handles on the drawers.
Notice anything beneath special beneath the cooktop? It’s a modified version of our IKEA kitchen hack for front-controlled cooktops! Drawers beneath the cooktop means all the pots and pans are within reach when the cook is at the stove.
In this corner is another one of Bob’s favorite things: the UTRUSTA pull-out lazy susan. All of the other base cabinets have a smaller internal drawer. His IKD designer worked with him closely to make sure no storage space was wasted.
The back of the peninsula is where guests can chat with the cook. How convenient that the wine refrigerator is right within guests’ reach!
A pantry prep area enhances the functionality of this IKEA kitchen
IKD readers are smart, so you’ve probably noticed something’s missing. Like a regular refrigerator, for one. Or a dishwasher. Because who could wash dishes in that tiny sink? What’s going on?
Did you spot the pantry in this photo? It’s an actual separate room where the cook can prepare the meal in peace. That’s what a real pantry used to be.
When you enter the pantry, the refrigerator is to your left, across from the DOMSJÖ farmhouse sink you saw in the first photo.
Also, you can’t see it in the photo, but another one of IKD’s IKEA kitchen hacks appears in this kitchen! There was leftover space above the refrigerator, so Bob’s designer added a custom horizontal cabinet.
The cabinets have the same door style and handles as the kitchen, but the butcher block countertop is no-nonsense. This is a room for prep and function.
The final word on this Italian-style IKEA Kitchen
“I chose IKD’s Premium Package because I already get 150 emails a day; I didn’t have time for the back-and-forth of email. I wanted to talk to someone on the phone so we could do it once and do it well.”
Thanks for sharing your finished kitchen with us, Bob! It’s truly a work of art.