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Drawers vs Rollouts3/28
I think the swoops are not necessary. You could have as easily made the "swoop" as shallow as your sides and arrived at the same usability. I guess the "swoop" looks cool to some people. Pull outs don't make sense in a new kitchen for reasons you have described.
I speak from the perspective of a supplier rather than a cabinet maker.
I think you are right on track with the current design trends.
Over the past 5 - 10 years drawers have become more popular in new kitchens. In older kitchens you will find only a couple of drawer base cabinets. Now, they are being used extensively. Wider, deeper drawers particularly are a more common occurrence.
If you look at current trends in European made cabinetry you will not see many doors in the base cabinets....practically all drawers. U.S. cabinet designers and manufacturers are definitely following suite.
Coplanar sliding doors are also becoming more widely used in contemporary cabinetry for both wall and base cabinets.
By using large, wide drawers (30 - 36") in the base cabinets and lift up doors in the uppers the overall appearance of the kitchen shifts from vertical lines to predominately horizontal lines.
The scooped sides of your drawers look great. Besides being highly functional, the design really adds a nice custom feel to the kitchen.
I design then build my kitchens for my customers. I spend many hours with the customer designing before I make the first cut. Because of this I have realized there are many customers that are more concerned with the overall outside appearance of the kitchen then they are of function.
There are customers who just don't like the appearance of all drawers and would rather have roll outs with doors. Or some combination of both.
I have learned the hard way to let the customer decide what they want and not try to convince them that one thing is better than the other. That way if they don't like it later (usually because some friend gave their opinion) it was their choice and can't complain.
While it's trending towards more drawers, and aside from overall design, pull-outs still have their place in a kitchen...
1. Sink cab (depending on plumbing set-up)
It really depends on how the customer uses their kitchen...
Like the swoops... different... 8^)
Nice looking & functional. For my own kitchen I did all wide drawers except for one cabinet. Except for a few special use cabinets I see no reason to make rollouts.
It's very simple. Aesthetics are more important than function to most clients, designers and architects. Because of this, cabinets are designed from the outside in. Configurations of doors vs drawers are decided first, based on appearance. If the result is that a base cabinet ends up with doors, THEN it is talked about what goes inside, and that usually leads to pullouts vs. shelves.
I wonder what makes a door more aesthetically pleasing than drawer?
Well drawers are nice, but you cannot change the spacing on drawers. With pullouts you just lower the slides.
I hate pull out or ain shelves. Drawers make better function.
I once built an entire kitchen with drawers below. They kept glasses in their pantry. I make 2 large drawers under the cooktop, which puts pots and pans directly underneath where they will be used.
I have to agree with Joe. I like drawers and pullouts, but it doesn't matter what I like. I let the customer decide what they want and build accordingly.