NKBA's 2014 Design Competition Winner: Before & After Kitchen
Co-Designer: Catherine Heir
This kitchen is an exemplary combination of functionality and pizzazz, designed for a couple that entertains at least once a week. While the couple had adopted separate roles of chef and host in two different levels of the house, they realized the need for a space where they could best entertain together. By moving the dining room to the existing den area and removing two walls, the designer successfully created a larger kitchen space as well as a more open plan. Repositioning of the two entry doors improved traffic flow and maximized available wall space, and the installation of a tray ceiling above the 8' ceiling enhanced proportions of the new larger room. The kitchen features two areas for entertainment and cooking, separated by the prep island, with the refrigerator adjacent to both of these spaces. A lighted, carved glass backsplash behind the cooktop, a curved range-hood, paneled refrigerator and pantries designed to look like an oriental cabinet, curved cabinets, countertops and a serpentine sink in the entertainment area, and a special nook for the family's dog are some of the highlights of this stunning kitchen. Touch-free faucets, an induction cooktop and touch/remote operated cabinets serve as some of the other conversation-starters of this space! Glowing in soft shades of gray and green, this kitchen extends its glowing warmth to the guests.