Busy Family, Busy Kitchen

This new house utilizes great expanses of windows, a very large open space for kitchen and breakfast area, as well as an adjoining family room that opens into the kitchen.

A dual-level island mimics the window walls, while a second island with a loweredbaking area helps shorten steps from oven and prep areas and keeps the traffic flow away from the main prep and cooking areas. Columns atop the larger island identify the "kitchen space" while also hiding ceiling supports. Without the benefit of wall cabinets, storage of dishes glassware and other kitchenware is accommodated in base cabinets with roll-outs near the dishwasher. A microwave is located under the upper level of the larger island, which is convenient to the refrigerator.

The mudroom entrance leads straight to a desk area, complete with a computer and storage for the three children of this very active family. The location of this work station close to the kitchen allows interaction during meal preparation and nightly homework.

The natural red birch cabinets are a perfect fit for this light and airy space, while the blue-stained baking island provides a nice contrast and supports the family's favorite color theme blue. The red birch cloud with hanging blue glass lamp shades balances the soffited, painted area above the larger columned island. The wood hood housing the extraction system with remote blowers above the gas cook top is decorated with a wood carved basket of flowers — also a favorite.

Special Features: Two-island kitchen, lowered baking area on center island, multiple workstations.

Dimensions: Main kitchen area- 18' x 20' Including breakfast area and computer station- 25.5' x 26'

Products Used: Cabinetry - Bertch, Faucets - Kohler Fairfax, Dishwasher - Miele, Cooktop - Thermador, Refrigerator - Sub-Zero, Oven - Thermador