A Sweet & Sunny Dream

With the help of a knowl­edge­able cus­tom cabi­net­maker, a cou­ple pour their heart and soul into a kitchen ren­o­va­tion, with stun­ning re­sults.


Home­own­ers Chris Nye and Poppi Multz found their pic­ture-perfect home in a well-kept 1923 bun­ga­low in Port­land, Ore­gon. Chris cites only this ma­jor con­cern: “Both the kitchen and the bath­room were re­mod­eled some­time in the early 1980s by a pre­vi­ous home­owner. Then the kitchen and bath­room clashed with the rest of the pe­riod 1920s house.” With the goal of blend­ing the kitchen and bath­room into the style of the rest of the home, Chris and Poppi set out to find a cus­tom cabi­net­maker to make their dreams come true.


When Chris and Poppi met with Ge­orge Ramos, cabi­net­maker and wood­work­ing expert, they al­ready had a clear de­sign plan in mind. Ge­orge says, “Chris is a jack-of-all­trades. He did a lot of the work him­self, in­clud­ing the plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal and HVAC.” The cou­ple de­cided to keep the sink and dish­washer in the same place but move the stove to make room for a hood for bet­ter ven­ti­la­tion and counter space. As an avid cook and baker, Poppi opted for a large 36-inch range, and “mov­ing the stove to the other wall cre­ated a work space on ei­ther side, which was nonex­is­tent be­fore,” Poppi says. Ge­orge also sug­gested the cab­i­nets that rest on the coun­ter­top and the ex­tra set of doors below the up­pers. Th­ese ex­tra doors al­low Poppi to sim­ply slide her cook­ware into the cab­i­nets, and main­tain a clean, spa­cious coun­ter­top next to the sink. Ge­orge adds, “Poppi cooks ev­ery meal, so she wanted an or­ga­nized and thought-out kitchen de­sign with way more counter space,” and it was de­liv­ered with his cus­tom de­sign.


“Most peo­ple think about blow­ing out walls in a small space; I like when peo­ple de­cide not to, and stick within the foot­print,” Ge­orge says. While the range and hood took up most of the space on one side, Chris and Poppi were able to re­cess the fridge into the wall to save space. Two more spa­ces that needed care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion were the full cus­tom ban­quette ta­ble and benches, and the cabi­net that houses Poppi’s cook­books. “I al­most never build a ban­quette with­out stor­age below,” Ge­orge says. Be­neath their fir ex­te­rior, both benches add am­ple room for stor­age to the charm­ing, fam­ily-friendly seat­ing area. The time and care put into this kitchen ren­o­va­tion re­flect Poppi’s love for cook­ing—and so do her many recipe books. Ge­orge says, “I de­cided to create a ded­i­cated space to show them off.” It’s a small, func­tional space that adds char­ac­ter and style to the home.


As a Port­land lo­cal him­self, Ge­orge had knowl­edge that proved es­sen­tial to the cou­ple’s project. “Port­land re­cently made it manda­tory for com­pa­nies to de­con­struct and sal­vage wood, rather than sim­ply de­mol­ish the ma­te­rial when mak­ing way for a new house,” Ge­orge says. Tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion Chris and Poppi’s fo­cus on a pe­riod aes­thetic, Ge­orge sug­gested re­claimed fir as the ma­te­rial of choice for both the ban­quette and coun­ter­tops. This way the ban­quette and coun­ter­tops mir­ror the look of the orig­i­nal fir built-in in the hall­way. For the coun­ter­tops, “I sug­gested cherry with a slight stain,” Ge­orge says, “as op­posed to the or­ange-am­ber color of the orig­i­nal fir built-in.”Th­ese coun­ter­tops truly glis­ten, adding warmth and earthy ap­peal to the brightly col­ored kitchen. The cup­board latches are an­other pe­riod-cor­rect fea­ture, gleam­ing against the soft white paint of the cab­i­nets.

|TOP| IT’S ALL IN THE DE­TAILS. Ge­orge cre­ated a func­tional and charm­ing cus­tom cabi­net for Poppi’s cook­books. Poppi says, “We were able to use the space un­der the main counter, where I do most of my knead­ing and cook­ing—right where I need...


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