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August 22, 2016

Lesher Kitchen Tour 2016 – 525 West Areba

525 West Areba Avenue


Krause drawing



Remodel or new build? New build of an old home

Builder:   Oshea & Brubaker

Year of the above:  2014  We lived in the home 19 years before rebuilding. The original ranch-style home was Brian Krause’s(the current owner) grandparents’ from 1962-1995.

Perimeter Countertop: Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile - Tuscan River natural stone

Island Countertop: Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile - Tuscan River natural stone

Backsplash: Sonoma Tilemakers,  Zafu Iridescent glass tile. We mixed vertical and horizontal applications to offset the range.

Cabinets:  Colonial Craft Kitchens - European style cabinetry with Birch wood.  The perimeter and bar cabinets are a dark custom stain while the island cabinets are a black paint with rub thru to the same dark custom stain as the perimeter. The doors and drawers are recessed panel with soft close concealed hinges. The guides are full extension undermount soft close.  The glass is Industrex and the hardware is Richelieu bar pulls.  Colonial Craft also did the master bathroom and the vanity upstairs.

Plumbing Fixtures:  Main Sink – Kohler Stainless Steel Apron sink,  Grohe Faucet; Prep Sink – Blanco square sink, Grohe Faucet; Brizo Deck Mounted Pot Filler; Bar sink – Casalina Hammered Copper Vessel sink (online), Holden Vessel Faucet (online).

Floor:  Kitchen -Armstrong Valenza Solid Tigerwood Hardwood flooring with natural finish;  Cocktail Area – Armstrong High Grove Manor Solid Maple Hardwood flooring with Autumn Spice finish

Lighting: Yale Electric - Tech Lighting, Mitrani

Appliances: Martin’s -  Thermador 36” 6-Burner Duel Fuel Range; Thermador 30” Wall, Built-in Microwave; Thermador Warming Drawer; Thermador Dishwasher; Thermador Range Hood; Thermador Freedom 18” Built-in Freezer; Thermador Freedom 24” Built-in Refrigerator; U-Line Beverage Center; Danby Wine Cooler; Danby Upright Freezer in pantry

Pantry: California Closets, Custom-painted sliding door by Chip Arnold Designs

Sound System: Control 4 installed by Hi Def Lifestyle

Do you have unique kitchen features that you love?

“Yes, we love our Mocketts, which are towers of 3 outlets that lift up through the counter (!  We have a long counter without room for outlets in the backsplash, however we wanted to make sure we had plenty of power sources for small appliances. Judy at Colonial Craft Kitchens introduced us to Mocketts. We also love our Adorne by Legrand under cabinet system. Our outlets, light switches, USB ports and lighting are hidden under the cabinet to have a clean backsplash. We also used Adorne light switches throughout the first floor. Deck mounted garbage disposal air switch buttons are used to maintain the clean look. We included a TV in a cabinet behind pocket doors so not to miss any play of the big game.”

Was there a cabinet maker, builder, or anyone you’d like to give credit to regarding the inspiration, design or decorating of your kitchen?

“Don Klinger (Value By Design) was the architect who beautifully designed our house to keep it within the character of the neighborhood, but also captured the Italian-style “piazza” we wanted for the rear patio. The large windows at the rear of the kitchen allow us to enjoy the “piazza” even when inside. Judy Hays at Colonial Craft Kitchens spent a lot of time with us custom designing the perfect kitchen for our lifestyle.  Chip Arnold Designs, who helped us select the exterior and interior wall colors, painted the color and decorative painting finishes and the pantry door.  Our builder, O’Shea & Brubaker, worked tirelessly (and patiently!) with us as we searched for unique features to include in our home. We couldn’t be happier with the finished product.”

Any other comments related to revealing your kitchen’s profile? 

” We wanted to make sure that the kitchen would be the center of the home and perfect for entertaining as every gathering always ends up in the kitchen! The kitchen is situated so that while we are in the kitchen, we are still a part of the party whether it’s in the great room or outside on the patio. We positioned the main sink on the island so that we could clean up while still talking to our guests. One must-have was a bar area to mix cocktails and Kevin O’Shea and Judy (Colonial Craft) worked hard to make it a reality as it meant moving beams and adding a third sink to the kitchen.  We also have granite from Lesher Natural Stone, Quartz, & Tile in our master bath, master closet/dressing room, and powder room.”

Additional Rooms to see:

This past summer of 2016, a mud room off the kitchen area was updated with new cabinets from Colonial Craft  Kitchens  which  include a countertop and a backsplash made out of Palomino, a  natural stone.  It’s an unbelievable natural stone with its own character.   Plus there was a custom made copper strip created  as an accent piece.  Joshua Riggan from Riggan Crafted Metals creates custom metal accent pieces which can be incorporated into backsplash designs.    

Other areas of this home will be available to see on the day  of the tour too.  The master bath has rainforest granite throughout and  the powder room and master closet both have natural stone.

See the inside of this and eight other homes during the Lesher Kitchen Tour.  Get all the details and find out how to get your FREE pass to enter.  Subscribe at the top right hand side of this page and see each kitchen profile as we post them.  There are limited passes to this exclusive event in downtown Hershey. Pick up yours today.  See you on the tour! 

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Posted by Cindy Lesher
at 3:44 pm
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