A Large Entertaining Kitchen
Designed by Paul F. Hansalik, Town & Country Kitchens of New Jersey.
Initial Budget: $120,000-$130,000
Final Cost: $125,000. At this price level, you're looking at a large kitchen remodel that fulfills a majority of the client's wishes with minimum compromise. That requires custom products and design concepts. When a client spends such a significant amount of money, designers often absorb minor fluctuations in cost.
Make an already large kitchen interior feel more open while maintaining a sense of intimacy
Allow two cooks to assist in meal preparation
Install appliances with the capacity for catered affairs
Include an island with seating for four that also would serve as a food prep center
Remove the half wall shared by the adjoining leisure room
Angle in two walls toward the island to retain openness while creating enough wall space to install the refrigerator and freezer units in close proximity, with counter space between
Design an island with two sinks, two dishwashers and ample counter surface
Include seating for four on the outer perimeter of the island
To balance the island's size, the designer:
Created negative space with columns and bookcases
Shaped the island to conform to the room's altered interior, improving traffic flow
Broke up the surface with two height levels, which also created a buffet area, a partition between the seating area and workspace, and a 6-inch backsplash area for placement of outlets
Used a darker wood and stain on the island to make it seem smaller and a lighter wood and finish on the perimeter cabinetry to make the space feel open
Cabinets: Custom framed and frameless cabinets; cherry wood with a dark stain on the island and maple with a white wash on the perimeter. A custom wooden hood and swivel TV pull-out. Accessories: polished brass hardware, undercabinet lighting, pull-out spice racks, cutlery inserts, tray dividers and roll-out shelves.
Appliances: Thermador double oven, microwave and cooktop; two Miele dishwashers; Vent-A-Hood 1200 CFM hood liner; Sub-Zero 601F freezer, 601R refrigerator
Countertops: Uba tuba dark green granite
Backsplash: Hand-cut Portuguese tiles
Sinks: Elkay, Franke