Large Kitchens Winner – Terri Ruth Hosken
Terri Ruth Hosken is working in BEYOND THE BOX – KITCHEN DESIGN, Anchorage, AK. The kitchen was designed for restaurant owners who knows what is working kitchen. However, they wanted not just functionality but also creative and inspirational place. Photo is made by Frank Flavin.
The method of design focused on a composition that provided versatility and innovative storage ideas. Successfully integrated behind the tranquil facade is a range of components that allows the kitchen’s layout to be customized to suit all space requirements. The island plays a key role as it permits the main functions to be brought together in an area designed to ensure freedom of movement. A mobile service cart rotates freely to reveal small appliances below the counter, or it can be removed to serve elsewhere while providing additional counter knee space.
A stainless steel door lift conceals the microwave adjoining the steam oven and drawer below, joining the adjacent oven and coffee system. In contrast to the reflective steel block, clear rift-cut maple instructs the eye toward unity. The hidden pantry interacts with the surrounding cabinetry to create conformity without interruption.
Large Kitchens Second Place
This kitchen is designed by Peter Vanderhyden who works in IMAGES KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN INC, Stoney Creek, ON. It was redesigned to accommodate large people gatherings while allowing a family of four and their pet to enjoy family meals and expeditious breakfasts. Photo is made by Roy Timm.
A complete gutting of the kitchen, laundry and pantry spaces was necessary, requiring the home to be updated and space planned, allowing seamless flow to adjoining rooms and an actively-used outdoor patio and pool area, immediately adjacent to the kitchen. Plans and details were thoughtfully designed. Space for gathering around a built-in banquette seat with views to the exterior patio, stone fireplace and television allows for those seated to interact with the cook. A raised breakfast bar next to the new patio door permits a quick morning meal and provides an excellent gathering spot.
Cooking, cleaning and food preparation on professional appliances are aligned in the central core, with easy access to the food pantry around the corner. Away from the main cooking zone is a coffee and refreshment area, allowing guests and family to communicate but not interfere with the chef.
Large Kitchens Third Place
The kitchen is designed by Anthony Albert Passanante who works in PETER SALERNO INC., Wyckoff, NJ. The client requested a functional kitchen with unique features, inclusive of a traditional French country design. The overall design was inspired by focusing on key features such as the island, paneled hood and pass-through, creating a sense of uniformity. Photo by Peter Rymwid.
The most prominent piece, a traditional sloped and raised paneled hood, takes this kitchen to a new level. This distinct feature, which houses spices at the bottom, has a nine-inch depth, allowing for a more convenient workspace. To create an interesting texture, a combination of chicken wire and glass was added to the flanking wall cabinets.
The pass-through creates an exceptional view from the great room into the kitchen, highlighting the glazed cherry wood cabinets. In addition, the full-size separate thirty six-inch refrigerator and freezer accommodate any family’s needs. Bridging these two appliances is a graceful custom arch held by two traditional corbels, which are highlighted by two light sconces.
Bookshelves have been installed on the backside of the refrigerator wall, adding a finishing touch to the adjacent great room. These bookshelves match the kitchen’s theme by using the same custom valance cutout.
The kitchen was designed by Gerard Ciccarello who works in COVENANT KITCHENS & BATHS INC, Westbrook, CT. Photo by Steve Wegener.
This kitchen is in close proximity to the front door, so the cooktop was positioned on the north wall, where it could be easily seen when approaching the room. The cooktop with decorative hood, in a pale cream with a Vandyke brown glaze, provides a focal point from the kitchen entry. Since the cabinets do not reach the ceiling, the hood looks more dramatic and remains in balance with the rest of the cabinetry.
Since the windows take up a major portion of the wall space, the island-in a different color from the perimeter-serves in several capacities, including storage, home for the microwave, seating and a generous work surface.
The beautiful marsh view acts as the main focal point from this kitchen. The warm color palette, balance of the elevations and efficient use of space gives this kitchen a casual elegance. It is a well-designed space for a family to reconnect and relax after a long day at work or play.