Project: New University Park Kitchen & Pantry

Project: New University Park Kitchen & Pantry

Project Details

Dallas’ University Park community is “Small Town USA” to its residents. When in this area of the Dallas metroplex you can forget you are in one of the largest US cities thought it is conveniently bounded by 3 of the major highways connecting to and through the city. With Southern Methodist University on its southeast corner, numerous churches, Snider Plaza’s restaurants and shopping near its center, and plentiful museums and entertainment centers, if you are lucky, you never have to leave.


History abounds in this little incorporated city within a city from its beginnings when a small neighborhood built for SMU staff and professors sprung up after the university opened in 1915. Even the shopping center, Snider Plaza, has been around since 1927. History continues to be made in University Park with the Spring of 2013 opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus that includes the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Policy Institute, distinctive dining and shopping experiences, and a 15-acre urban oasis in the Laura Bush Native Texas Park.

The Team

Kathryn Nelson, principal of Kathryn Nelson Design (KND), and the homeowners of this University Park new construction project enlisted Kegan Wilson of eggersmann Dallas to design the kitchen and extended pantry. The team also consisted of Andrew Stiglmeier, principal of A. Michael Architecture, and builder Russell Aldredge, principal of Catena Homes and also our client, the homeowner building his personal home.

The Kitchen

KND Designer, Kathryn, nicknamed this new luxury home construction project “Dalifornia”. The name seemed appropriate as the home’s design combined a clean, organic California Modern aesthetic into a Dallas vibe.


The combination of the light airy feel of the Light Oak melamine, the moody, earthy Dark Steel laminate, and dark marble creates a crisp, fresh, and natural palette to spark creativity. Like most of our clients, they were looking for the seamless marriage of function and beauty. We added many custom features in the kitchen that were as beautiful as they were functional. The vent hood surround in the Dark Steel laminate with integrated LED lighting blends beautifully into the slab of marble. The custom crockery pocket door unit with interior evoline power outlets and perimeter LED lighting creates the perfect nook for easy access to daily dishware, glassware, or serving dishes.

The Hidden Pantry

One aspect that was really important to them was having a walk-in pantry with additional cooking appliances and storage. They liked an idea they saw in our showroom to close off the extended pantry with a Schmalenbach sliding pocket door when not in use.


We customized the door match their selected kitchen finishes. Various cabinets were outfitted with boxtec drawer accessories and Lemans and tandem pantry configurations to maximize storage space and convenient access to items.


  • Tunis Light Oak 2806
  • Sydney Décor Dark Steel 2303
  • Bilbao Brushed Stainless Steel 912 (e-sign grip handle profile)
  • 12” Black Chrome Handles (eggersmann)
  • Schmalenbach Stopsol Grey Glass
  • Grigio Carnico Marble (designer supplied)


  • Wolf
    • 48” Gas Range (G486G)
    • 48” Best Hood Liner (CP371482SB)
    • 30” E Series Professional Wall Oven (SO3050PE/S/P
    • 30” Warming Drawers (WWD30)
  • Subzero
    • 36” Designer Over/Under Refrigerator Column (IT-36R)
    • 36” Designer Over/Under Refrigerator/Freezer Column (IT-36CI)
    • 18” Designer Wine Column (IW-18)
  • COVE 24” Dishwasher (DW2450)

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