This kitchen is a chef's delight! It was tastefully designed from top to bottom for ease of preparing meals. Everything you need is within a couple of steps' reach - sinks, dishwasher, refrigerator, ovens and range. Notice how the kitchen has only the minimal amount of wall space to provide lots of interaction with those in the family room.
A closer look of the kitchen sink area reveals New Hampshire, Violetta-granite counter tops, 48" tall cabinets, tumbled marble backsplash tile, recessed lighting, and corner windows of serene views of the back and side yards while working at the sink.
A yet closer view of the kitchen's main working area shows a mix of cabinet and drawers - some of the cabinets have pull-out shelves. The kitchen was outfitted 20 years ago and so even though the appliances are all working great and look great, they are aged. The flooring is also in top condition, ceramic tile laid on the diagonal. Although the dishwasher was adapted to fit in with the same design of the cabinets, a shiny, new stainless steel dishwasher will not detract from the current cabinet style if you choose to replace them.
The owners wanted a large counter workspace and decided to take advantage of the dead space that resulted behind the sink by tiling in an atrium. You can choose to keep the area clear, add knick knacks such as they did, or a couple of plants.
Opposite the sink is additional workspace which doubles as a serving bar to the family room and/or a breakfast bar. Notice all the additional storage the drawers and cabinets offer.
This end of the kitchen measuring about 12' x 9' opens to the breakfast nook and affords even more cabinet and drawer storage.
Looking away from the sink to the other end of the kitchen we find another sink with garbage disposal, another built-in dishwasher, and a Sub-Zero freezer. The pantry is located behind the double doored cabinet immediately to the right of the freezer. Natural light cascades in through the kitchen sink windows while this area is brightened thanks to a skylight.
Such a large home should have a large pantry within easy reach. Naturally, the basement affords plenty of additional storage for Costco shoppers, but this pantry should keep the number of runs down to the basement to a minimum.
This end of the kitchen measures about 12' x 7' if you include the matching end cabinetry next to the freezer which encroaches upon the family room. The current owners have chosen to incorporate it into the family room.
This alternate view of the kitchen area is from the dining room doorway. Looking straight ahead you see the family room through the archway. The thermostat on the wall controls the radiant heat for the kitchen floor. The set of cabinets with its glass front was especially designed to be a secondary wet bar; hence the second sink and dishwasher which do double duty when you need a second sink and dishwasher when catering to large crowds.Pull out the bottom drawer and you will find it is the perfect height to store even the tallest liquor bottle, upright. Notice the wheels under the pull-out cabinet next to the dishwasher. This was designed to be a drink trolley.
This view of the kitchen shows a closer look of the second dishwasher and sink as well as the matching, built-in Sub-Zero refrigerator. No expense was spared at the time this kitchen was built.
Peering in from the family room you will see more of this end of the kitchen and the doorway into the dining room. Typical of the era, there is a built-in phone desk with the added benefit of a hard-wired CAT-5/6 jack. Notice the under-cabinet lighting which was installed under all of the cabinets! The stainless steel double wall ovens you see are made by Thermador - the top one of which is a convection oven.
There is no built-in microwave at the moment but one of the wall ovens could easily be changed out for a convection-microwave oven if desired. The massive vent hood was designed to engulf the smoke/fumes created by the over-size range. It vents to the exterior.
This close-up view of the range cooktop shows an interesting setup. You have here the ability to cook on 4 propane-gas burners while keeping letting other food warm on the electric burners. Perhaps you might want to use the electric portion for grilling or griddling??
This is one final look at how the kitchen and family room fit together. If you cannot train your kids to put their dishes directly into the dishwasher or sink, at least they can put their dirty dishes on the serving bar. Similarly, your guests will know to put their dirty glasses and plates on one or the other of the serving bars.