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December 11, 2012

Fun was in the making of this Elegant Kitchen

The fun was in the making of this elegant, plus totally functional kitchen. Kathleen Gerbert and Bryan Yingling, both physicians in Lancaster County, wanted to expand their home of 20 years to accommodate family gatherings throughout the home. Here we will specifically focus on the makings of this elegant kitchen expansion.


Photo: Tom Buerk Photography

The kitchen was crafted by quite a few prominent companies, individuals, and some less known, but highly talented individuals, who all shared their expertise. Kathleen and Bryan, being “scientific type” individuals, wanted to resource and explore all their options before making final decisions. So as you can imagine, a lot of effort, time, and debate went into the selection process. But as I was once told, “The fun is in the making of a project.”


Photo: Tom Buerk Photography

Guess who did the counter tops? You guessed it, Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile did an exceptional job! Okay, I’m a “tad” bias, but look at this classy island and counter top! The island is made of a locally sourced marble called Valley Gold Vein and is a one of a kind in size. It’s 5 centimeters thick. Most slabs of granite or marble are typically 3 centimeters in thickness. In fact not only is the thickness unusual, the length is 14 feet long by 4 feet wide! Most islands are 7 feet or less.


Photo: Tom Buerk Photography

The perimeter counter top that Kathleen chose is a quartz product by Cambria called Devon. It’s a man-made stone that complemented the island very nicely adding some contrast to the perimeter.


Photo: Tom Buerk Photography


Photo: Tom Buerk Photography

Several others were intrinsically involved in the creation of this elegant kitchen. Henrietta Heisler of Henrietta Heisler Interiors was instrumental in many aspects of the “decor of the kitchen”.


Kathleen Gerbert on the left and Henrietta Heisler on the right. Photo: Cindy Lesher

From the beams in the ceiling to the floor of the kitchen, Henrietta offered resources and ideas to Kathleen and Bryan. Lighting, cabinet style, color scheme, back splashes, fabric, counter top colors, and design choices were all things that Henrietta researched and pulled together for Kathleen and Bryan. In fact, Kathleen saw a hood in a magazine picture that she liked. Henrietta found a welder, AIM Welding, who could custom build this hood to Kathleen’s desire to coordinate with her new stove.


All of the appliances that you see, minus the custom made hood by AIM Welding, are from Martins Appliance in Brownstown, PA. I’ve listed all the products at the end of the story. According to Paul Martin of Martins Appliance in Brownstown:

“I very much enjoyed working with Kathleen and Bryan on their amazing kitchen remodel! I was especially excited when they decided to go with Bluestar for their 48″ gas range. Bluestar is made right here in Reading, PA, and I enjoyed going over the color options with Kathleen, and customizing it to fit their splendid kitchen. The result was a gorgeous range that, when paired with their custom hood, creates a stunning focal point in the kitchen. They also incorporated a few other appliances that make this kitchen a chef’s dream, like Miele speed oven, under counter microwave drawer, and a gorgeous built-in Miele refrigerator. I can honestly say it is one of the most stunning but yet functional kitchens I have ever had the privilege of helping with.”


The custom cabinets were locally designed and crafted by Chris Ness, a self employed cabinet maker who has been working in the north east corridor for 25 years out of his 9 acre farmette in northern Lancaster County. Behind that custom made granite lazy Susan is an appliance garage that nests some of Kathleen’s small appliances. Learn more about Chris Ness by visiting his website here.


Kitchens by Eileen was commissioned with the “layout” of the kitchen. In other words, how will Kathleen function in her new kitchen? What items will be strategically placed where? Eileen took the time to listen to Kathleen, discerning her needs and desires, and then transformed the information into a kitchen that exceeded Kathleen’s expectations. Eileen has been designing kitchens and baths for over 25 years. You can see more of her work and read about her projects here.


Others involved in the making of this beautiful kitchen:

Architect: Thomas Weaver

Contractor: Perron Construction


Henrietta was quite adamant about the flooring choice. She highly recommended the kitchen floor that you can see below. It was purchased from and installed by CKC Flooring. It’s 7″ American Walnut hardwood with a natural stain.


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Martin Appliance installed the following products in the kitchen:

Bluestar 48″ Range, custom black, brass trim, side-swing door
Miele Chef Series wall oven
Miele Chef Series speed oven/microwave
Bosch dishwasher (2)
Viking Hood insert
Miele 36″ Built-In refrigerator
Jenn-Air undercounter microwave drawer
Kitchen-Aid undercounter 24″ refrigerator/freezer drawers (beverage area)
A full Kinetico drinking water system, supplied by Martin Water Conditioning


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