This backsplash has kitchen storage pegged
Our client for this Boston loft remodel needed his 200-sq.-ft. kitchen to be ultra-efficient. We achieved part of that efficiency with an innovative backsplash made of steel pegboard. The backsplash consists of seven 16-in. by 32-in. powder-coated steel sections made by Alligator Board (alligatorboard.com). Each section has bent flanges, so they sit 5/8 in. from the wall when secured with fasteners through peg holes at each corner. To protect the wall behind the pegboard from splashes and spills, my metal fabricator welded an 8-in.-tall flange to the back of the stainless-steel counter. (To allay concerns about water getting trapped in the panel behind the sink, we added weep holes on the bottom pegboard flanges located there.) Using a series of hook options available from the manufacturer, our client can add or remove shelving, dish-drying baskets, and utensil hangers as he pleases. The combination of the red perforated steel, the stainless-steel counter, and an island with a brick half-wall creates a masculine palette that also recalls the industrial past of the former textile factory in which this loft home is situated.