Our Viola Park Kitchen, (Almost) Done
First, my apologies to readers for the long delay between posts. Our split-foyer remodel took on a life of its own, and seems to have displaced ours. We are in the home stretch, and with our Viola Park kitchen about 95% complete, I thought I’d share some images. Like others, I found it difficult to find actual, real-life examples and images of Viola Park installations on the Internet, so I hope this helps.
A few words about Viola Park, the company. Our overall experience has been very positive, from sale right through installation and customer service follow up. The design and shipping team was very professional and helpful. The team made great suggestions on layout, the amount of storage space, functionality of the units, and coordination with our contractor and subcontractors (plumbing and electric). The company also made good suggestions on cost savings. Several minor installation issues arose, and all were promptly and professionally handled by VP (thanks Luke!). We had a single cabinet door that was slightly damaged upon arrival (and it’s a mystery how that happened, considering the excellent packaging and crating of all materials). VP immediately put a replacement door into production, no arguments. Keep in mind that with VP, the company does not handle the installation, so you’ll probably need to be a little more involved than you would had you hired a local kitchen person to order and install the whole kitchen. The installation instructions are pretty clear, but you need to (or should) spend some time going over them and understanding them. For us, this was part of the fun and not really a drawback. We felt intimately involved in the process, which enhanced our experience. Others might feel differently, of course.
The material we settled on for most of the cabinetry was American Black Walnut, with Snowbound (Sherwin Williams color) accent leaf doors on the dining room side of the island. We have a relatively small kitchen (about 10×10), and at VP’s suggestion we went with a panel for the Bosch dishwasher to break up all the stainless steel appliances and give us a nice continuous cabinetry line on one wall. We opted for round pulls to maintain a clean, simple and modern look. In keeping with the “mid-century” scheme, we went with white (Arctic) Corian countertops (white and walnut are made for each other!). We think the thin line of the countertop (1/2″) gives the kitchen a lighter, sharper feel than, say a thick granite, balancing the darker wood. We chose VP’s anodized aluminum backsplash panels on the range wall, and VP’s puck style under-counter lighting. The kick material is stainless steel. We still need to complete installation of the range hood (a venting space issue), and add some tile over the sink area. We’re thinking about Heath Ceramics from the “Dwell” collection. Enjoy the images. UPDATE: See the kitchen closer to completion at “Split” Voting.