A stellar meal can be created anywhere, but the experience is elevated in the cooking spaces shown here. We’ve broken down the features that give these kitchens their wow-factor.
Photos by Med Dement
1 Wolf double ovens streamline the cooking process by allowing multiple dishes to be cooked at once.
2 A custom-made steel range hood has a weathered gunmetal finish and works to redirect airflow to eliminate smoke, steam, and cooking smells.
3 A Wolf 36-inch range top features four burners and a griddle.
4 A panel-front dishwasher to the right of the sink and a concealed icemaker in the island contribute to the furniture feel of the kitchen.
5 A graphite gray stain on the island cabinetry brings a deep contrast to the otherwise airy space.
6 Perimeter cabinetry features a custom hand-glazed distressed gray finish. Glossy gray subway tiles make up the backsplash.
7 A 24-inch deep storage cabinet for oversized items sits above the 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator.
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1 A 48 inch Thermador gas stove features six eyes, plus a permanent griddle. Two electric confection ovens are placed right underneath, making a compact workspace that requires little movement from the cook. A prep sink directly behind the oven makes it a serious area to multitask.
2 A subway tile backsplash runs all the way to the ceiling, creating a guard for grease, sauce splatters, and other elements that come with cooking. Two inch thick floating shelves are supported by blocks set in the framing stage and provide ample support for heavy stacks of plates.
3 Counters feature a quartz material that mimics the look of Calcutta Gold Marble, called Polarstone. It’s a more economical choice when compared to natural marble, and it’s also less porous.
4 Walnut drawers match the floating shelves above and give an air of warmth to the otherwise light, bright kitchen. Horizontal handles add a modern touch.
5 Cooks need a well-illuminated workspace and this kitchen is awash in bright light. Task lighting is placed underneath the cabinets and in the range hood. Recessed lighting is situated under the floating shelves and shines down from the ceiling along with hanging pendant lanterns. All on dimmers, the lighting can be adjusted to perfection.
6 A small beverage center is set near the kitchen and features a KitchenAid wine refrigerator, glass-front cabinetry to display barware, and a mosaic backsplash made of balsa wood. It serves dual purpose as a coffee station as well.
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1 A large concealed refrigerator on one side of the stove and freezer on the other side provide ample storage space for perishable items. Blending in with the cabinetry’s cherry wood with a chocolate brown stain, the appliances maintain a cohesive look of warmth, as opposed to being overwhelmingly stainless steel.
2 Granite countertops both on the island and the perimeter provide a solid backdrop for cooking and are easy to clean.
3 A convection steam oven is a favorite of the homeowners and replaces the need for a microwave. With the option to use it as a convection oven or a steam oven, it’s a small
but powerful workhorse that seals the moisture into food.
4 Although the space isn’t overly expansive, it can host up to 20 people thanks to its open, flowing floor plan with the island breaking up the workspace from the dining area.
5 A lighter row of cabinetry was placed near
the dining section of the kitchen. The glazed maple built-in provides extra storage as well as a furniture feel. The color was chosen to break up the darkness of the cherry cabinetry and to add a more subdued color element to the mix.
6 Pullout spice racks are built into either side of the cooktop for easy access. Although narrow, they extend back to the wall, creating abundant storage for small bottles and making expert use of what would have been wasted space.
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1 White, high-gloss cabinetry was chosen for its reflective capabilities. An interior kitchen with no real window, the goal was to keep finishes bright. Running floor-to-ceiling, the cabinetry makes the low-ceilinged space seem more expansive. Strategically choosing polished Macassar cabinets with a vertical woodgrain draws the eye up.
2 The kitchen was zoned into two distinct areas – one for cooking, and one for entertaining. On the right side, the ovens, sink, and cooktop are compacted together. On the left is the breakfast table, TV, storage space, and wet bar.
3 Since the kitchen has no windows, four light tube skylights were placed in the ceiling to let natural light in. With a recessed-lighting look, it brightens the space in an unobtrusive way and diminishes the need to flip on the light switch on sunny days.
4 A waterfall countertop on the island extends to the floor on both sides. Made of white quartz, it has superior durability – you can chop veggies right onto it. It’s also impervious to stains and stands up to hot kitchen tools, making the island a sturdy, durable workhorse.
5 The refrigerator and dishwasher are concealed to blend into the white cabinetry, while other appliances are built right in. The kitchen features two confection ovens, plus a steamer oven for healthy cooking, and a microwave drawer placed below the island countertop.
6 The wet bar features a back panel of silver-leaf glass for a shimmering look. With plenty of display space and a monochromatic color scheme, bright glasses and bottles stand out.