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Building a "Tuscany" kitchen

Recently, a client came to us with a very special request for a new kitchen. They had just toured Tuscany Italy and seen many "old world" style kitchens. They wanted to bring that same warmth and openness to their own home and had been searching for the right contractor to pull the design together. They had talked with several local design centers and remodeling firms, but none could offer true one-stop shopping. Other companies wanted to subcontract out various pieces of the work, and given the extensive and complex nature of the project, this was not desirable. Only CCB could offer a complete solution and still provide the independence, control, and customization that the client was looking for. With our own in-house cabinet shop, we could easily accommodate the unique touches needed for this kitchen. In addition to the custom cabinets, we handled all of the plumbing, drywall, electrical, flooring, and tile work that this impressive kitchen required. It is truly one-of-a-kind and we are happy to share the results with you below.


Project start: A tiny galley-style kitchen that was small, outdated, and provided no room for entertaining

The soffit above the cabinets on the left contained all the upstairs plumbing, in addition to existing electric wiring. All of this had to be relocated. The pantry had to be removed as well.

The bathroom was relocated to another part of the house on main level, as was the closet. These steps allowed the kitchen size to almost double! CCB did all this work, in addition to the kitchen remodel

Bathroom and closet are now relocated. Build out work continues in the kitchen area

Here we're building the new soffit and rerouting the plumbing into it.

New soffit and walls complete.

Build out is complete. The kitchen is ready for the new hardwood flooring

Hardwood floors installed. The flooring used for this project is a Brazilian Tigerwood. It's extremely hard and durable, perfect for a kitchen. Note that the room is still usable. The client desired that the kitchen still be functioning during all phases of the project.

While the kitchen build out was being completed, the cabinet creation could begin. Seen here is a corner cabinet with articulating doors

Corner cabinet again. Note the exclusive "Yanik Drawers" that allow for maximum drawer size. The face is actually cut along the edge to ensure clearance of the handle on the other drawer (see below for more pictures of this)

The center island almost near completion. The legs were hand-lathed in our shop based on a picture provided by the client.

Wall cabinets being clamped and glued

Pantry with large pull out drawers. These drawers (and every other cabinet piece) are 100% hardwood. No MDF or particle board here!

Another view of the pantry. This piece was almost 7 feet tall!

Cabinet of drawers. Note the dove tail joints on each drawer. Our meticulous and exacting cabinet building techniques will ensure many years of quality service.

Pantry complete with doors on. This unit is now ready for finishing

It may not look like much right now, but this unassuming slab of walnut will soon become an island top!

Island top sanded and edge work done. Note another custom touch: the client wanted the edge to match the granite countertop edge.

Island top fitted and legs done. Ready for finishing!

This island top is actually "stained" with a salad-bowl finish. This is 100% non-toxic and also allows for easy touch-ups down the road when it gets nicked or scuffed.

Completed doors ready to be attached


Marty Yanik, owner of CCB, personally manages every custom cabinet installation to ensure 100% correct fit and finish.

Wall cabinets being hung

Wall cabinets hung and ready for door installation

Base cabinets being installed.


With the base cabinets done, granite countertops could be installed. This was the only item that CCB didn't install, however, we were onsite during the installation to ensure the work done by the contractor met our high standards!



A tile backsplash was installed after the granite work was done. The appliances include 2 30" Thermador ovens, a 36" Wolf cooktop, and a huge 42" Kitchen Aid refrigerator.

A wine cubby, as requested by the client. Also shown in the middle of this picture is a custom built panel for the Asko tall tub dishwasher. Next to that, an undermount sink by American Standard fits perfectly into the 30" base cabinet. The oil-rubbed bronze faucets are by Delta.

A great view of the custom built island with a walnut top. The client had seen similar islands in Italy and wanted to have that same look in their kitchen. Note that the middle drawer pull is a false front and actually pulls out to reveal an electrical outlet. This was another custom request by the client that we could easily accommodate!

The copper range hood was handbuilt by a coppersmith in Pennsylvania. It is vented through the wall and out the side of the house. The client does a lot of entertaining and so a wall mounted "pot filler" was installed. This makes filling those big pots simple and easy! The Italian-inspired 4"x4" tile inserts are aged bronze and were mounted during the tile installation. The large 1'x1' insert over the range depicts a "vinosanto" wine trellis in aged bronze.

The "Yanik Drawer" seen here looks like a typical drawer front...

...but when opened, it's actually cut to allow clearance for the opposing door handle. This allows a full size drawer to be used and maximizes available space. This drawer design is CCB exclusive!


One last picture of this fabulous kitchen.
We really enjoyed bringing to life our client's dream kitchen, and we can do the same for you!


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