"I'm thrilled to be honored for something I love to do." - Dave McFadden[caption id="attachment_5524" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dave and HGTV Star Jennifer Bertrand at the annual 2018 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show.[/caption]
Filling a nicheDuring his 29-year career in corporate engineering management, Dave derived great pleasure from developing new products - satisfying a need, filling a niche well in advance of his competition. He brings this same determination to the field of kitchen design. The business had humble beginnings, when his wife, Linda, opened Past Basket in 1976, a small retail store in St. Charles, Illinois. Offering unique artisan made accessories for the home, Past Basket grew to become a sought after destination in historic Geneva, Illinois. In 1988, Dave entered the business, recognizing a need for finely crafted kitchen cabinetry and design. And the rest they say is history. He, his son, Dan, and their select PB Kitchen Design team continue to find inspiration from outside the confines of traditional kitchens. [caption id="attachment_3170" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Dave in his shop – Late 80’s, when he built his cabinets by hand.[/caption]
"When I created the company, kitchens were not designed like furniture. One of our first kitchens incorporated architectural elements from old buildings."
Timeless TreasureThis year's award-winning kitchen reflects the homeowners' desire for permanence and a timeless design that both honors their Geneva home's history, and also incorporates modern and relevant features. In addition to dark juniper green painted cabinets, a medium dark stain appears on the kitchen's show stopping island. Additional features include a custom hand hammered pewter sink, custom Italian-made forged wrought iron Queen Anne legs, hammered limestone perimeter counters, and Thermador appliances. [caption id="attachment_5526" align="aligncenter" width="821"] Honoring an historic look, while incorporating modern features.[/caption]
“The table island sets the tone for the kitchen. It's also designed to be less imposing than it would have been had it covered the floor like a typical island. This design, while aesthetically pleasing, doesn't help for storage. So we created a platform at the stairwell leading into the basement for access to pantry items."[caption id="attachment_5528" align="aligncenter" width="683"] A movable platform takes advantage of once unused space, for a landing to access a smart and compact pantry.[/caption]