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A Trip Through the Islands

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  • Mark T White, CKD, CBD
  • Interior Designer: Pat Cundiff

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400 sq. feet


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The architect’s layout for this new home gave us plenty of room to work with. The challenge was to create a very functional kitchen that is not too spread out and takes advantage of all the space available. The homeowner’s wish list included: -An open, contemporary environment that is bright yet warm and inviting. -Plenty of room for multiple family members to work and activity centers/ work zones that don’t require extra steps. -All of the most up to date appliances with the best features. -High quality cabinetry with the best hardware and functional interiors. -A complete “beverage center” -A large pantry closet and plenty of storage -Easy maintenance and durability. To achieve all of their objectives….. -Horizontal grain bamboo cabinets are complimented with light colors on the floor and wall tile. The perimeter countertops are “White Prince” granite with a textured finish and the island tops are light gray concrete. The palette is highlighted with the stainless steel accents of the appliances, fixtures and hardware. -Two islands were created to provide flow and access across the kitchen, connecting the various work areas and provide a nice transition to the adjacent dining area. -Distinct work zones include the cooking area with a concrete island top and integrated trough sink that can be used from both sides, 6 burner pro-style range top and stylish glass and stainless hood, two under counter ovens (one is elevated for easier access with ample landing space above), a speed cooker above the warming drawer, separate 36” refrigerator and freezer units, plenty of work surface and lots of storage including wide deep drawers and multiple tray storage cabinets. The area is very convenient to the cleanup zone. -The main sink is located under the window with a nice balance of matching upper cabinets; pull out waste and recycling bins; dishwasher and more counter space. The whole section is set into a bump out which allowed us to align the two islands with the cooking area focal point and leave comfortable aisles and traffic patterns. -The beverage center includes a bar sink, a single dishwasher drawer, pull out waste and upper cabinets with glass doors. It is adjacent to the serving island which has a set of refrigerator drawers, more storage and a raised glass top. -The second island is across from the beverage center and includes integrated refrigerator drawers, more storage and a floating glass top elevated to accommodate four stools. -8 ½’ tall cabinets were used with a row of glass doors along the top which left enough room for a trim board with concealed accent lighting just below the 9’ ceiling. Toe kick lighting around the islands adds to the effect. -The kitchen has a nice open connection to the dining area and the river view beyond. A custom buffet cabinet was designed in a contrasting grey wood finish which features a TV lift so the unit is fully concealed when not in use. -The large walk in pantry closet is tucked in right behind the prep area and features floor to ceiling storage and a window that brings in plenty of natural light. This is a truly spectacular and one-of-a-kind kitchen that met all the clients wants and needs, including all the modern amenities and appliances, to serve a very busy household.
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