HGTV Dream Home 2011: Kitchen Pictures

With a color palette inspired by the bark of the birch tree, the kitchen serves as both entertainment and gathering space.

The hood, wrapped with timber at the point where it intersects the ceiling, serves as a stainless steel sculpture in the space. The 20-foot column was constructed by a local metal fabricator and assembled on-site over a three-day period.

A nearly 13-foot-long island, topped with white quartz, features three cabinets of storage shelves cloaked behind frosted glass.

A Sub-Zero integrated refrigerator offers five cubic feet of storage space.

A Sub-Zero PRO 48 refrigerator offers restaurant styling with glass doors and dual storage cabinets.

Maple cabinetry in a charcoal finish counterbalances maple prefinished hardwood flooring.

According to interior designer Linda Woodrum, the inspiration for a cooking island came from house planner Jack Thomasson. "He envisioned someone at the grill cooking for everybody," she says. "All those seats surround you – it's very much a performance space."

An oversized, undermount farmhouse sink, flanked by Asko dishwashers, accommodates even the largest gatherings.

To maximize mountain views from the kitchen, dining room furnishings are kept to a minimum.

Wolf 30-inch undercounter warming and microwave drawers offer the ultimate in convenience when cooking for a crowd.

The kitchen is designed, as all spaces in the home, to handle wear and tear. "The kitchen is truly suited to the lifestyle of where it's situated. And that’s significant," says interior designer Linda Woodrum.