We selected Leicht after researching a great many cabinetry manufacturers and distributors.
We had planned a major remodeling of our mid-century modern home, which included all common areas. Creating an open plan designer's kitchen and adjacent living areas with wide views of the surrounding woods was paramount. Since the kitchen was to be used by a vegan chef it required a large working kitchen and not merely a showcase. We required both. The kitchen needed significant storage and refrigeration. Further, it would anchor the entire first floor for daily family use.
Our research included online searches and visits to numerous providers and design centers in Connecticut, Westchester County and New York City. Our primary cabinetry requirements were a clean modern design inside and out and no/low VOC materials. We did not want chemical laden cabinets with off-gas. These criteria were also reflected in the objectives for the larger remodeling project.
The research ultimately led us to two manufacturers: Leicht and PureKitchen. We made a few visits and set up design consultations with each. The visits to Leicht created the relationships with Ohad and his Staff, and introduced us to some design concepts, materials, and features.
Our design journey was shaped in several ways. In particular, the fact that the Mount Kisco location was close allowed for more input and an iteratively superior design than when we first developed the concept. Second, the showroom provided great examples of modern kitchen design from which we borrowed and modified one key feature for incorporation. Ohad visited our home in person to understand the proportions, dimensions, and the kitchen's relationship to the rest of the home and the view. After an intial concept we laid out the design on the floor to get a sense of traffic flow and ease of use. The support by the Leicht team was tremendous and went far beyond the design and materials. They provided input that greatly improved the overall remodel result - window location and size, appliance choices, opinions on lighting, sinks, back splash, granite, flooring and electrical. Leichts’ use of computer-aided design was especially helpful to visualize the design and allowed changes to the materials for immediate online review and decisions. Cabinetry types, locations, sizes, handles, shelf and interior features experienced some integrative changes that ultimately tailored it to the requirements of a chef. Some of the cabinetry design and material choices were even carried over into the overall remodel - for example, door handles.
The result speaks for itself - stunning. The contrasting material choice and inviting layout create a bold design statement. The kitchen is exactly what we envisioned - a showcase chef's kitchen.