Alys Beach is a Mediterranean-style beach community along Florida's Emerald Coast. The homes within the community are the essence of luxury living - designed and constructed for the most discerning property owners. Kitchens Etc. was charged with designing a functional kitchen retreat for the Skrien family.
In developing the plan, we aimed to maintain the home's Mediterranean style while incorporating the homeowners' needs - such as a distinct area for entertaining, an open floor plan with an effortless flow between the kitchen and the neighboring areas, a large work area and multiples of kitchen appliances in order to provide multiple cooking stations. In fact, we incorporated the Thermador Freedom® collection refrigerator column and freezer column to allow the design to be more flexible, two Thermador Masterpiece® Series double ovens for their sleek styling and built in microwave and warming drawer, a Thermador dishwasher for quiet and efficient cleaning and a Thermador built-in coffee machine which eliminated the unnecessary clutter of counter appliances. We also paired the 36" professional six burner gas rangetop and 24" electric griddle to accommodate the homeowners' cooking preferences. With the sheer number of appliances, our main challenge was maintaining the consistent look and feel their architect had developed throughout the remainder of the house, including the adjoining courtyards. We didn't want the kitchen to resemble an industrial, catering kitchen - we wanted an open design that flowed effortlessly into the adjoining areas.
"We wanted to fulfill the Skrien's desire for increased functionality with efficient work areas while maintaining the home's contemporary, Mediterranean style."
At Kitchens Etc. we understand that kitchens are becoming a household hub - with multiple cooks working in the kitchen and more entertaining and family activities conducted there. We wanted to fulfill the Skrien's desire for increased functionality with efficient work areas while maintaining the home's contemporary, Mediterranean style.
We achieved the perfect design by including natural light, solid surfaces of natural stone and tile and custom paneling on many of the appliances in order to integrate the appliances into the wood cabinetry. A balance between counter, storage and appliances was attained by disguising the traditional look appliances with wood paneling, hiding them under the counter and gaining more counter space. As a result, we were able to customize the kitchen into zones to meet the homeowners' needs.
This inviting kitchen is centrally located in the home and the open floor plan accentuates the fluid transition from kitchen to adjacent living areas.
The owners wanted a minimalist and contemporary aesthetic in their kitchen design. This was accomplished by incorporating both modern professional style appliances and sleek sophisticated cabinetry. They also desired a kitchen in which they could entertain many guests. The kitchen is specifically set up for entertaining. The islands define the space and allow host and guests to mingle comfortably. The designer used two different and contrasting islands topped with four different shapes of Black Matrix granite, which are supported by custom made stainless steel cylindrical columns.
"The reflections of light from granite, mirror, stainless steel and cabinetry are dramatic and eye-catching in this lively kitchen."
The theme of sinuous shapes playing off hard lines is carried through in the perimeter cabinetry. Custom turned pilasters featuring inlaid radius stainless steel bands flank the twin Thermador freezer, refrigerator and also on the 98 bottle Thermador wine column. The reflections of light from granite, mirror, stainless steel and cabinetry are dramatic and eye-catching in this lively kitchen. The highly functional cooking area is set against a mirrored backsplash featuring a 48” Pro Grand® Thermador range and stainless hood. The owners expressed desire was that their kitchen be unique and totally personalized, which led to the commissioning of a local artist to hand paint the one-of-a-kind mural behind the range. If you look closely you can see their name in the design!
An urban couple was looking to update their four-story townhouse in which they've lived for 16 years. The designers, Aimee Nemeckay and Terri Crittenden, were challenged to re-imagine the compact space and create an open environment more conducive for the couple's frequent entertaining, while keeping much of the existing architecture intact.
Located on the second floor, the kitchen was isolated from the adjoining living and dining rooms. To open up the space, the design team shifted the room's entire orientation and extended the culinary experience beyond the confines of the kitchen. The newly opened floor plan seamlessly blends each space while also defining their individual identity and function. With warm tones, rift-cut oak cabinetry and custom-paneled Thermador appliances, the contemporary kitchen is an open and gracious galley-style format that enables multiple cooks to comfortably share the space.
“the design team both subtly defined and linked each space to contribute to the open, free-flowing floor plan...”
Serving as the primary prep area, the back wall features a large single basin sink, a Thermador Sapphire dishwasher and a 36” Thermador refrigerator that is mirrored by a tall pantry located on the other end of the run. Across the galley, a 48” Thermador Professional Series Range stands as the kitchen's focal point and is topped by a stainless steel Professional Series hood. The thick, matte-finished granite countertop flanks the range and continues around the floor's shared wall - creating a bar area in the transitional space - and seamlessly becomes the countertop for the living room media cabinet.
Featuring the new kitchen as the centerpiece of the main living area, the design team both subtly defined and linked each space to contribute to the open, free-flowing floor plan desired by the homeowners.
The new owners of this beautiful house needed to renovate a home that had not been touched in thirty years. A spiral staircase in the original kitchen that leads to an unfinished basement was deleted and relocated to another portion of the home.
A partition wall was also deleted to allow for a more open layout.
The large five foot square island was a must for the couple who love to entertain and welcome helpful hands for prep work as part of their social occasions. Although the main purpose of the large island was for ample prep space there is still seating for two set at the opposite corner of the major working sides of the island. The island cabinets are loaded with custom cutlery inserts, roll out shelves, plate drawer organizers as well as a double pull out bins for recycling and trash which is in addition to the other double bin pull out located to the right of the sink.
“The freezer and refrigerator columns were the perfect set up for the owners. The addition of a custom wine column in between was a nice way to house the red wine that the couple like serving with their meals and it also created symmetry for the cabinet set above.”
The freezer and refrigerator columns were the perfect set up for the new owners. The addition of a custom wine column in between was a nice way to house the red wine that the couple like serving with their meals and it also created symmetry for the cabinet set above. The range wall is complete with storage directly behind the range in the island for pots and pans as well as dividers in the top drawer for the main cooking utensils, while tray storage and spice storage are located in the cabinetry to the right of the range.
The cabinets are walnut which complements the hickory wood flooring. The ledger stone backsplash ties into the natural grounds that surround the home. With the new warm color scheme the kitchen is now truly the heart of this home.
This customer was very specific about what they wanted and how they wanted to function in the kitchen. Every square inch was planned for organization and daily use. They wanted to create a smooth transition from the rest of the house, which was fully remodeled at the same time.
"Every square inch was planned for organization and daily use."
The major challenge was making sure that all of the appliances had a location that worked both aesthetically and functionally. We modified the layout a couple of times, trying to incorporate all the refrigeration the customer required.
Growing up in Idaho, our clients were accustomed to a more rustic and western style. They asked us to design a more functional kitchen for them and their three young children that would blend contemporary western elements with the traditional style of their home.
The existing kitchen was out of date and too small. They wanted an addition on the back of the home that incorporated a mudroom, an island with seating and a breakfast nook for everyday meals. This was harder than anticipated with the narrow pie shaped lot their home is on. We tackled this obstacle by reorienting the kitchen 90 degrees and bumping out the back of the home about five feet.
“They were immediately drawn to the sleek crisp lines of the Thermador brand...”
We blended their rustic western taste with traditional style through the use of materials. White painted cabinets make the space feel open and airy. Crown and detail moldings add a traditional flare. Wrought iron lanterns over the island, iron accents on the hood and island legs add rustic elements to the space. A reclaimed oak sliding barn door hides the sometimes messy mudroom, but also serves as another rustic focal point.
Our clients requested top of the line, no fuss and easy to clean appliances. They were immediately drawn to the sleek crisp lines of the Thermador brand. The 24” Freedom® Refrigerator Tower and 18” Freedom® Freezer Tower in combination with the 36” gas rangetop and double oven make short work of dinner time meals by not only being efficient and professional, but also keeping the sleek stylish look as to not deter from the overall kitchen design. Clean-up is simple with the 6-cycle dishwasher. Matching appliances complete the overall design by adding contemporary lines to the rustic and traditional elements.
It's an absolute truism that guests gravitate to the kitchen. As a designer, I believe that's because the kitchen is the energetic center - the soul - of the home. That's a lot to ask of a room, but I love a challenge. I've created many kitchens for my clients over the years, but the one pictured here is the first one I've done for myself. (Talk about a challenging client!)
The starting concept was a combination Great Room / Kitchen, but with a twist. I imagined myself hosting family and entertaining friends, enjoying each other's company as I created fabulous meals, but in a space that enhanced the entire experience for everyone - not just me. One result is that guests can get very close and feel part of the preparation action, but there is a division of space that allows them to not feel in the way or overly compelled to offer a helping hand just to be polite. Every appliance I need is within reach, but they're behind the working bar. Visible, yes, but not encroaching on the dining and mingling areas where most of my guests gather.
“I imagined myself hosting family and entertaining friends, enjoying each other's company as I created
To a large extent, I created a Thermador working kitchen and bar complete with a Thermador Wine Column, Thermador Dishwasher and additional Thermador Convection oven. I purposely created a symmetrical space to accommodate a natural traffic flow, provide ample food prep, storage and cleaning areas and, just as importantly, to create a visual / atmospheric balance free of useless nooks or isolated dead space.
This room has been amazing when hosting Thanksgiving for 45 people. Not only did we make a turkey on the rotisserie that everyone raved about, we made memories that will last forever. Needless to say, the client is thrilled!
European Styling That Fits a Gallon of Milk! Playing all roles - designer, client, and contractor - this husband and wife team tackled the challenging renovation of a kitchen in a 1979 modern home. The open plan was originally built with multiple levels, resulting in a kitchen plagued by a 7' ceiling. Additionally, it was separated from the living area and extensive views beyond by a half wall running the length of the home that only exasperated the problem. The existing island was too deep to be functional and created tight clearances in critical areas.
To make way for the transformation, cabinets were donated, the half wall was removed, and the entire kitchen floor was lowered. The genesis of the kitchen design was a balance of aesthetic appeal and utility. The kitchen serves as a hub for the main living floor where the couple spends most of their time and becomes the main attraction for entertaining. Often working from home, cooking meals together is part of their routine that frequently overlaps with brainstorming sessions. Therefore, the compact layout allows for two work areas, one for cooking and another for prep and cleanup, which transitions easily to an attached table for eating, sketching, and socializing. For large gatherings, the island becomes the perfect buffet, while two niches with tambour doors behind the stainless steel block conceal drop-off and drink prep areas.
“The full overlay cabinetry and Thermador's Masterpiece Series were a natural fit and supported the designers' goals for a sleek and integrated appearance without sacrificing function and innovation.”
Upper cabinets are replaced by flexible slatwall to accommodate artwork as well as hanging utensils. The full overlay cabinetry and Thermador's Masterpiece® Series were a natural fit and supported the designers' goals for a sleek and integrated appearance without sacrificing function and innovation. The low profile induction cooktop offers a sophisticated look with responsiveness and speed, while the new Steam and Convection oven provides an alternative cooking method for the health-conscious couple.
An empty-nest couple wanted to transform their 1970s ranch-style home into a large, Italian family gathering space where cooking was the focus and an open floor plan allowed for everyone to be together. The original home's floor plan was segmented and didn't maximize the windows and their beautiful views of their greenery and the golf course hills beyond their property. These family-oriented homeowners wanted a functional space with a casual, yet sophisticated aesthetic.
The design team quickly got to work on the challenge at hand - creating the real center of the home from several segmented rooms. The existing kitchen and family room walls were torn down and the ceilings were raised to expand the space vertically and allow for the light to pour throughout the newly opened floor plan. The remodeled kitchen incorporated the spaces from the original kitchen, mudroom, dining room, and breakfast room, resulting in an expansive gourmet kitchen with two distinct work areas. The reclaimed timber beam ceiling detail reinforces the architecture of the kitchen and helps define the space. The joining of classic white marble and sleek steel appliances with vintage materials, like the reclaimed wooden beams from a farm in Pennsylvania built in the 1800s, as well as textured surfaces, makes this kitchen warm and inviting.
"THE HOMEOWNERS DREAM KITCHEN WAS REALIZED AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILY LOVES THE RESULT - AN OPEN, BUT INTIMATE SPACE FOR GATHERING WITH LOVED ONES THAT PUTS FOOD AND COOKING AT THE CENTER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL REMODELED HOME."
My client purchased the top floor of an old building that was part of a renovation project to bring new life to the area. His project was the first to start in the building and he worried whether or not his investment would pay off. What's more, he didn't know what other tenants would do or even who those tenants would be. This was an unestablished building with everything on the line for my client.
My client is not one to do anything substandard and this project was no exception. Everything from the car he drives, the clothes he wears and fridge he opens is an expression of his success and lifestyle. So there was no question he would come to us where we cater to those who want to exceed expectations. He wanted a unique look that would set the standard and hopefully the floors below would follow. We used a Sapele grain matched veneer w/ Espresso finish, complemented with all Thermador appliances, custom lighting and custom hardware. This all came up some sketchy elevators and yes, the large appliances took the stairs. We had to work with warehouse style HVAC, electrical and plumbing, which made it difficult to transform into a million dollar loft.
After a few months, the project was finished and the realtors starting using my client's space as their showroom of possibilities. Ultimately, the building became a high-end destination for high-end tenants. The dirt field next to the building is now a beautiful garage filled with luxury cars.
"EVERY FLOOR IS FILLED WITH THE FINEST CRAFTSMANSHIP, MATERIALS AND APPLIANCES THE WORLD HAS TO OFFER."
In our opinion, it started at the top and trickled down.
Catering to the elite clientele of Long Island's Hamptons, it definitely helps to have the “perfectionist gene”, but when it came time to creating my own dream kitchen, I knew I'd be facing my most demanding customer yet!
"I WANTED A KITCHEN THAT EXEMPLIFIED DOWN-TO-EARTH ELEGANCE. IT NEEDED TO BE HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL FROM THE COOK'S PERSPECTIVE, WHILE AT THE SAME TIME CAUSING GUESTS TO INVOLUNTARILY SAY "WOW" WHEN SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME."
But more than that, it needed to be an inviting sanctuary where family and friends would naturally gravitate. A tall order indeed! As cabinetmakers, we build everything that we design, but for this project, I probably spent more hours at the computer than the table saw. That's a lot of “obsession time,” but I think the effort was worth it.
There's a lot to draw the eye in this kitchen, with each wall having a focal point that could have easily carried the design on its own. But rather than competing for attention, all this eye candy works in symbiotic harmony, largely owning to the natural symmetry of the space.
The range, island, and food columns are centered on the long axis of the room, while the arched top window and illuminated hutch acknowledge one another in a subtle, complementary way. The cabinets that flank the windows are identical in size, while the coffered ceiling and center island work to tie everything together into a single, cohesive entity.
The ten-foot ceilings allowed for a hood that was large enough to do the room justice, but all that height would have made it impossible to reach the controls on the ventilation unit. Luckily, Thermador offers a remote panel that we were able to locate in an adjacent wall cabinet. Placing the ventilation motor in the attic greatly reduced the noise when the hood is in use.
Built-in or not, large appliances can be an eyesore if not handled correctly. Recessing the food columns made them completely unobtrusive, and the precision of their heavy-duty hinges made it possible to maintain a nice, tight margin at their applied doors. I'm especially pleased with the base detail here. By making up a removable trim assembly, and securing it with 2 concealed magnets, these appliances look built-in in every sense of the word, while keeping them well ventilated and easily accessible for servicing.
The built-in coffee maker has a home between the food columns, and is set back 6” from the face. Doing so made it possible to work at the countertop below, while still maintaining enough access to easily replenish the water supply for the unit, when it's pulled out.
We placed the convection microwave in the island. While I have to admit wishing it were possible to have it in a higher location, this was a time where “form trumped function.” The homeowner was a bit miffed at first, but once I explained the situation, he saw things my way ;-)
The 2014 New American Home® has been built in the exclusive foothills of Henderson's Sky Terrace housing development.
The show home measures around 6,700 square feet, thus feeling comfortably spacious and inviting with warm interiors seamlessly integrating between indoors and out. The multigenerational show home takes full advantage of the spectacular views of the Las Vegas Strip and uses cutting-edge energy efficiency and sustainability. The team designed a home that expresses comfortable, relaxed living in a sexy environment.
The kitchen has the latest Thermador appliances, many of which are concealed in sleek cabinetry, combined with two kitchen islands that act as the home's command central. The second island can serve as a distance learning center, homework station, home office or casual dining table.
"THERMADOR APPLIANCES ARE LIKE THE "JEWELRY OF THE KITCHEN," AND THESE ARE BEAUTIFUL, HIGH-QUALITY, INNOVATIVE APPLIANCES."
We wanted to create a retreat that was the most efficient, yet relaxing environment possible. We turned to the 5 elements that exist in nature: water, metal, fire, stone and earth, and knew that surrounding yourself with these elements would create a restful place.
The Thermador Professional Series was at the heart of a complete remodel of a 1960s kitchen in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The project was for a couple that rarely used their kitchen, considered it “user unfriendly” with limited prep space, poorly designed cabinetry, and original appliances no longer functioning correctly. They also could not easily entertain, but the couple wanted more than just a functional kitchen. They desired an open space that would provide the WOW factor while returning functionality to the space.
"I KNEW FROM PAST EXPERIENCE USING THERMADOR THAT THE PROFESSIONAL SERIES WOULD GIVE BOTH THE SLEEK LOOK DESIRED AND THE FUNCTIONALITY NEEDED."
So I designed the kitchen around several Thermador appliances: a gas range with oven below and hood above, an electric wall oven with a microwave above and warming drawer below, a dishwasher and a French door refrigerator. We demolished the original space back to the studs, including removing a wall separating the kitchen from the den and an underused bar space. A doorway between the kitchen and dining area was also widened. The new kitchen footprint now provides all the spaces desired for both everyday use and entertaining.
To achieve a contemporary look to complement the Thermador appliances, cabinetry was made of dark walnut wood and brushed stainless steel. A special feature of the cabinets is in the use of book-matched slab with horizontal grooves that create a dramatic contrast to the adjacent fir-paneled den. Custom lighting and a coffee bar were also installed. Finishing the kitchen is a huge center island with radius ends in Saturnia granite, which was also used for side cabinet countertops and full back splashes.
Since this was a complete remodel, the project lasted almost a year and the couple who were previously seldom found in their kitchen now happily use it every day.
When homeowners in Middletown, N.J. decided to transform their dated kitchen, dining and living areas into one open plan space, the couple's love of cooking and entertaining were top of mind. Our design team was brought in to bring their dreams for a sophisticated, highly functional kitchen to reality and Thermador appliances played a major role in the remodel.
Cooking and dining are multi-generational activities in this home. This is a family that cooks for 15 on a regular basis and entertains up to 30 for special occasions. As such, the homeowners required materials, appliances and furnishings that would handle the volume of cooking and entertaining tackled here, and suit their collective passion for the process of preparing meals for family and friends as well.
The walls that previously delineated the three individual spaces were torn down and a 30-foot structural beam was added to create a dramatic vaulted ceiling. A contemporary conference table was brought in to seat the ever-growing family, and the palette for the new, open space was kept light and bright to enhance the modern lines and natural light that streams in from a wall of windows and three skylights.
"TO COMPLEMENT THE DESIGN, A SUITE OF THERMADOR APPLIANCES WAS BROUGHT IN TO OFFER THE CALIBER OF RESULTS, THE EASE OF MAINTENANCE, AND THE CLEAN, CONTEMPORARY LOOK THE HOMEOWNERS DESIRED."
“One word is used when people see our kitchen for the first time and that is 'Wow!'” say the homeowners. “The double wall oven and warming drawer allow us to prepare for large family gatherings. The Thermador range with the downdraft exhaust system gave us the open space vista that was so important to us and the sound from our dishwasher is hardly a whisper. Our kitchen has exceeded our expectations in function and design.”
This new oceanfront vacation home was designed for a father and seven children. When not in family use, the home is also on the rental market. Functionally, the kitchen design needed to work for this family, but also for renters, which often could include multiple families vacationing together.
The location of the home is an island destination, which does not have access to nearby grocery shopping. Shopping is usually done in bulk to take care of all food and beverage needs for the entire stay.
An all refrigerator, freezer and tall wine tower were selected for the needed capacity. Dual dishwashers were specified for the large cleanup needs, which were expected. More than ample countertop was included for prep and cleanup.
The elegant kitchen is traditionally appointed with classic white cabinetry and contrasted with striking black countertops. The large wood hood serves as a visual focal point in the center of the kitchen.
"THIS KITCHEN FITS THE CLIENT'S CRITERIA FOR BEAUTY AND FUNCTION, AND REFLECTS THE PERSONALITY AND STYLE OF THIS VERY DISCERNING EXECUTIVE HOMEOWNER."
The clients built their custom home 17 years ago, and as their family grew, their needs and tastes changed dramatically. The project scope included redesign of the dated kitchen and repurposing a chopped up rear hall to create a proper family entrance and storage for sports equipment for their active family.
We were also challenged to create more room for a larger kitchen table, accomplished by removing a load bearing wall and adding a partition with a cased opening to the rear foyer. The biggest challenge in the kitchen design was the narrow width.
"WE WERE ABLE TO CREATE A MORE OPEN FEELING BY JOGGING THE REFRIGERATOR BACK SLIGHTLY, WHICH ALSO HELPED WITH THE EVERYDAY FUNCTION OF OPENING THE LARGE 36 INCH DOOR."
We used walnut with a medium stain for the island and maple with an opaque grey stain and glaze for the main perimeter. Storage and function was the main concern, so playing with cabinetry depths and countertop materials help alleviate what could have been a very boxy design.
We used leathered Verde quartzite for all of the countertops. Centering a large end grain walnut chopping on one of the double windows helped to again break up the "u" shape and provide a functional workspace. Rustic elements were mixed with the transitional cabinetry: handmade tile, Edison bulb lighting fixture, natural zinc farm sink and reclaimed ceiling beams to complement the existing double-sided field stone fireplace.
An empty-nest couple wanted to transform their 1970s ranch-style home into a large, Italian family gathering space where cooking was the focus and an open floor plan allowed for everyone to be together. The original home's floor plan was segmented and didn't maximize the windows and their beautiful views of greenery and the golf course hills beyond their property. These family-oriented homeowners wanted a functional space with a casual, yet sophisticated aesthetic.
The design team quickly got to work on the challenge at hand - creating the real center of the home from several segmented rooms. The existing kitchen and family room walls were torn down and the ceilings were raised to expand the space vertically and allow for the light to pour throughout the newly opened floor plan. The remodeled kitchen incorporated the spaces from the original kitchen, mudroom, dining room, and breakfast room, resulting in an expansive gourmet kitchen with two distinct work areas. The reclaimed timber beam ceiling detail reinforces the architecture of the kitchen and helps define the space. The joining of classic white marble and sleek steel appliances with vintage materials like the reclaimed wooden beams from an1800s Pennsylvania farm, as well as textured surfaces, make this kitchen warm and inviting.
"THE HOMEOWNERS DREAM KITCHEN WAS REALIZED AND THEIR WHOLE FAMILY LOVES THE RESULT - AN OPEN, BUT INTIMATE SPACE FOR GATHERING WITH LOVED ONES THAT PUTS FOOD AND COOKING AT THE CENTER OF THIS BEAUTIFUL REMODELED HOME."
The kitchen is the heart of the home, and that's what my clients wanted for their existing Southern California residence. Their current kitchen was too small and out of date. They wanted to extend the kitchen an additional five feet to incorporate a grand island, suitable for entertaining many guests. The husband desired the ultimate chef's kitchen and the wife desired a sophisticated and airy space, among transitional and contemporary elements.
"MATCHING TOP OF THE LINE APPLIANCES WERE A MUST FOR THIS FOOD ENTHUSED AND WINE CONNOISSEUR COUPLE, FULLY EQUIPPED WITH A 6 BURNER RANGE, STEAM OVEN, BUILT-IN COFFEE MAKER, DISHWASHER, MICROWAVE DRAWER, REFRIGERATION AND WINE STORAGE."
The large, dark island is a stark contrast against the beautiful white cabinets and Brazilian Tigerwood floors. It has ample room for entertaining and prep space, incorporating internally lit glass cabinets and a warming drawer. The pantry was relocated to create room for the brand new built-in refrigerator and wine column, for easy access while entertaining guests.
The range and hood are located at the back of the kitchen, creating perfect symmetry between the internally lit cabinets, and is the ultimate focal point of the space. Being able to cook on the 6-burner range next to the island and entertain at the same time was a must for these clients. The backsplash consists of Carrera marble tiles and the countertop is quartz, which ties into the style of the rest of the home.
The kitchen is not only functional, but also sleek and contemporary with a sophisticated touch. It is truly the focal point of this home. This really is the perfect kitchen for these homeowners, and they can't stop wining and dining in this impressive kitchen!
Our clients purchased this home in February 2013 on the beautiful, exclusive Kiawah Island in South Carolina. While their tastes tend toward traditional, this home, with its panoramic marsh views, called for a more transitional design style.
This is a second home for these customers, so our goal was to provide top of the line appliances for low maintenance and easy cleaning, while remaining beautiful and of superlative quality. The homeowners wanted a kitchen that would function as the central hub of the home, a place where the family and their guests could gather comfortably.
We decided to use Thermador products, because we loved the integrated look of the panel ready thirty-six inch built-in bottom-freezer and Topaz dishwasher with our cabinet design.
"THE CLASSIC STYLING AND FUNCTIONALITY OF THE PRO GRAND OVEN WORKED BEAUTIFULLY AS A CENTRAL FEATURE OF THIS EXQUISITE KITCHEN."
Because these homeowners wanted to be living in and enjoying the house by mid-summer, we had to work quickly to put together this design, pick appliances, countertops, tile, and plumbing fixtures.
Luckily, everything we chose came in on time, in good condition, and fit together beautifully. As you can see from the photos, the kitchen design turned out perfectly, and really complements the views and the island light reflecting off the sprawling marsh. The result is a stunning, user-friendly kitchen.
21st Century Traditional is the name given to this gorgeous, new construction kitchen in the heart of Williamsburg, Virginia. The home was built to be the "forever home" for a young professional couple with 2 small children. This couple juggles children, work and crazy international travel schedules.
They wanted their home to be a haven, a place to welcome, enjoy and reconnect. The entire home was thoughtfully designed to completely eliminate the typically unused formal areas. Establishing a fresh approach to our traditional architectural heritage was essential for this young family. The foundational design direction was to create an all-inclusive cooking, eating and living space to maximize their coveted family time.
"IN A COMPLETELY OPEN FLOOR PLAN LIKE THIS, THE KITCHEN IS THE FOCAL POINT FROM THE MINUTE YOU ENTER THE FRONT DOOR, WHICH MAKES "SMART FUNCTION" AND EASE OF USE MANDATORY!"
The design is simplistic and logical with specifically zoned areas for food prep, cooking and clean up. The refrigerator and freezer towers were paneled with custom cabinetry and the exhaust unit was nestled in a custom crafted wood hood. We used a fresh mix of clean and light materials such as glass tile, Namib marble and sparkling chrome to complete the look. All the elements combined beautifully to keep our design commitment consistent with the traditional vibe of the home and this historic part of the country!!
The owners of this kitchen are busy professionals, weekend entertainers, and wine connoisseurs. Their goal for this remodel was to open up their floor plan to create one unified space for cooking and entertaining. The clients requested Thermador appliances based off of their history with the brand. Having grown up with Thermador appliances in their parents' homes, they understood the prestige, longevity and quality performance the brand provides. They were also drawn to the attractive looks of the Thermador products and great purchasing incentives.
"THE NEW, OPEN PLAN NOW ALLOWS THE BEAUTIFUL, YET HARD WORKING, APPLIANCES TO TAKE CENTER STAGE AS CONVERSATION PIECES, AS WELL AS TOOLS FOR PROVIDING PERFECTLY PREPARED GOURMET AND EVERYDAY MEALS."
Each appliance is thoughtfully placed in zones to provide the cook a systematic flow within the workspace and entertaining space. For example, a new wine bar featuring a tall Thermador wine unit sits in perfect juxtaposition to the island that creates both an area for displaying a spread of delectable edibles and separation from the cook's space.
With limited wall space, one of the challenges we faced was trying to accommodate all of the appliances the homeowners desired. To place the double ovens, we reconfigured an under-utilized desk area and turned it into a 'bake zone'. We also repurposed the old pantry to create a much more useful beverage center, perfect for showcasing the homeowners' extensive wine collection. Additionally, the 10-foot long island provided a convenient location for the dishwasher and microwave.
This kitchen was ready for updating and increased functionality. For the reluctant homeowner, it all began with a broken dishwasher and a trip to the local appliance store. After seeing the Thermador products, the project began to take shape.
"THE HOMEOWNER ENJOYS COOKING AND ENTERTAINING, SO THE APPLIANCES WERE CENTRAL TO THE OVERALL DESIGN PLAN."
The aesthetic appeal and versatility of the 48-inch Pro Grand Steam range was a perfect fit. Two 36" built-in Freedom Collection bottom-freezer refrigerators were installed side by side and met the homeowner's ideal for refrigeration space. A butler's pantry was created in an underused adjacent closet, the perfect location for the MicroDrawer. The "wonderfully quiet" dishwasher was placed in the redesigned island.
With a ceiling height of 12 feet, a correction of scale and proportion were needed. This was accomplished by creating a 12-inch soffit to meet the custom cabinetry. The island was expanded and capped with a beautiful treated leathered marble. This provided additional workspace and the more elegant and open feeling that the client desired. Glass-doored cabinets rise from the marble countertops to the soffit creating a dramatic effect and providing a place to display the client's collected pieces. Below the cabinets are several deep roll out drawers for ease of storage. In the butler's pantry, glass-doored cabinets, open shelves and a bold print on the walls creates a feeling of spaciousness and interest in this small area.
All cabinetry, including the refrigerator panels have a customized layered finish. The metallic base paint and the soft gray topcoats provide interest to a timeless design. The appearance changes subtly as light changes in the room.
The initially reluctant client is pleased with the impact and function of the remodel and the seamless transition to other rooms in the home.
Leaving her large family home and downsizing to a neighborhood condo, the client requested her new smaller, space-restrictive condo have the same open, free-flowing feel of her older home.
"AS A SINGLE WOMAN, OUR CLIENT WANTED A KITCHEN THAT WOULD BE COMFORTABLE FOR HER TO WORK IN ALONE, AS WELL AS FUNCTION AND FLOW FOR ENTERTAINING AND INTERACTING WITH GUESTS DURING PARTIES."
Removing the existing peninsula opened up the closed-in kitchen to the eating area and living room, allowing for a better traffic flow and an airy and inviting entertaining area, while adding storage.
As this condo is on the top floor of a high-rise building, integrating a false post into the island was paramount in the design to act as a mechanical chase to supply electrical and plumbing to the island. The size of the post needed to be large enough to house the mechanicals, but not distract from the main kitchen space. A complementary color was selected to make the post blend into the cabinetry without disrupting the eye as it flows across the space.
This space boasts many technologically advanced features, from the latest in appliances to a remote controlled retractable TV lift that lowers from behind a wall cabinet for easy viewing from the cooking area, as well as from the custom walnut and glass cantilevered seating area on the island. The TV lift mechanism was tiled to allow the black metal mechanism and wiring to be concealed and seamlessly blend into the backsplash tile when the lift is in the down position.
Portfolio's primary objective for this project was to create a fresh take on an old-world aesthetic while creating and maintaining seamless functionality throughout this multi-faceted kitchen. The clients wanted to have a grand, open space that is warm and welcoming, while able to accommodate frequent entertaining of groups, large and small.
The Portfolio design team took great care to ensure that form and style were not compromised while carefully incorporating the most progressive appliances into this appliance-heavy kitchen.
"UTILIZING NUMEROUS THERMADOR APPLIANCES FOR COOKING, VENTILATION, REFRIGERATION AND CLEANING, PORTFOLIO DESIGNERS WERE ABLE TO GIVE THE CLIENT THE FEATURES, FUNCTIONALITY, AND AESTHETIC THEY DESIRED."
The design process took into consideration the lifestyle needs of the clients who wanted to have an easy, open and gracious environment that supported their busy social lifestyle, as well as their various culinary pursuits. The resulting space has an old-world charm and elegance, with a unique balance of style and function.
This California coastal kitchen was a dream come true for these long-time residents of Manhattan Beach. With a panoramic view of the coastline and touches of the homeowners' cherished family possessions incorporated into this updated traditional design, entertaining is top priority.
While home entertaining is on the rise across the country, it has always been a staple of this social couple's lifestyle. The open concept design allows for guests to be part of the cooking/preparation experience.
"POTLUCK PARTIES ARE EASY TO ORCHESTRATE. THE PRO GRAND RANGE AND ITS SIMMER BURNERS ALLOW FOR MULTIPLE OPTIONS, INCORPORATING THE KITCHEN INTO THE ACTUAL ENTERTAINING EXPERIENCE!"