Kitchen Photos: HGTV Green Home 2010

Form follows function in the kitchen, where a tower support column that bears 18,000 pounds of weight is incorporated into the kitchen design.

A ruby-colored CaesarStone natural quartz countertop, which consists of recycled raw material and is stain-, scratch-, mold- and heat-resistant, stands out against white Shaker-style cabinetry. Coffered ceilings, crafted of MDF recycled content, add a cottage twist.

A GE Profile® induction cooktop with downdraft system contributes to the sleek, uncluttered appearance of the countertop. The cooktop heats only the pan and its contents, thereby reducing wasted heat.

A bowl of green apples pops against the cooktop and echoes the color of glass backsplash tile.

The 10-foot kitchen island features multiple storage drawers and cabinets. Traditional cup pulls in a nickel finish offer a subtle maritime nod.

A corner wall cabinet with retractable door and deep shelves maximizes storage space in the family-friendly kitchen.

Energy Star-rated GE Profile double convection ovens and dishwasher in a sleek stainless steel finish prove that green can be gorgeous.

Whether entertaining a group or preparing coffee for two, an espresso station serves the gourmet coffee lover.

Serving bowls and stainless steel accessories put the focus on the micromosaic glass tile backsplash. The linear design mirrors the strong lines of the coffered ceiling.

In the kitchen, an unexpected design element draws the eye. Vintage garden urns purchased at Plymouth shop Dovetails Antiques & Home serve as the island’s conversation piece.

Aluminum bar stools complement the stainless steel appliances and continue the sleek, sophisticated story in the cooking space.

Diminutive in scale and industrial in design, Mission-inspired pendant lights in a satin nickel finish shine a spotlight on the kitchen island.

Glass-front cabinetry lends an open and airy feel while revealing stemware and crisp white dinnerware.

An apron-front undercounter sink with deck-mounted faucet and matching spray makes quick work of dishes. A sliding hardwood cutting board aids in over-the-sink food prep.

In keeping with the clean, uncluttered design scheme, and the play of white and metallic, a wire cake stand is paired with a ceramic sugar and creamer set.

A simple egg beater – coupled with natural wood and ceramic accessories – adds a flash of sparkle against the Carrara-style countertop.

HALO LED recessed downlights, which consume 75 percent less energy than 65-watt incandescent lamps, blend seamlessly into the coffered ceiling.

The armoire style of the GE Profile refrigerator – complete with bowed French doors and sculptural door handles — complements the kitchen’s cottage design.

The bottom freezer provides ample food storage space for a growing family – or to accommodate impromptu parties.

A closet-sized pantry – complete with a glass-etched door — is positioned within close reach of the cook.

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