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When a Kitchen Island Meets an I-Beam

November 7, 2023

In this episode of Revealed, I update you on this week’s progress in the shop—specifically the Beacon Hill kitchen project. And what happens when a kitchen island and an I-beam cross paths.  


This island is unique: There will be a 12-inch overhang around both sides and the back with steel U-shaped legs that we will have fabricated once everything is installed and leveled off on-site. It’s an old building; we want to make sure any imperfections from the floor are accounted for before making the template for the legs.

Here’s where it gets really interesting: A steel structural column in the building will end up running vertically right through this island. We have prepared for this by dadoing out grooves to allow for the rivets on the I-beam. Then, when we are on-site, we do not have to try to notch or scribe around them.

This island will also be home to a combo washer/dryer unit. The homeowner used this in the previous kitchen we custom-built for her and liked it so much that she wants to do it again.        


So we get asked this question quite often: What’s the white line on all your cabinets?

It’s actually primer. And the reason we are priming these cabinets has to do with expansion and contraction. In the summer months, wood panels can swell and cause the gaps to shrink up, making it difficult for the doors to open. The opposite can occur in the winter—the pieces can shrink, causing any gaps to open up a little. If that happens, it is possible that the panel can be exposed, and if there is only raw MDF, you could see an exposed line coming through. So, we go the extra mile: We prime the edges of the door panels with a color-matched primer to make sure our custom cabinetry looks amazing despite any seasonal temperature changes.  

It’s time to discover what Materia can intentionally craft for you! Contact us today to get started on your custom dream home. Together, we can make it happen.

—Ken DeCost

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