When looking to design your dream kitchen, planning a renovation is usually the answer. But Dave and Polly Green found an even quicker way to get the room they wanted – they packed their bags and moved across town to their dream house. Just because the house is new, doesn’t mean they didn’t have some work to do. They called on husband and wife design team Abby and Ron Smith to help them out.
The kitchen design centered on the really big island. It was important to be able to seat the whole family. To do so they came up with a two-tiered design that can seat up to eight people. The island also serves as a great buffet table for parties. The homeowners can fill both sides up with food and the guests can circle around.
On one side of the kitchen is a built-in computer desk. It’s a great work station where the family can come to use the computer, do their homework, or print out recipes.
The homeowners filled the room with durable materials that could handle just about anything. They chose black granite countertops, Italian laminated beech cabinets and a glass-tiled backsplash.
A big challenge for the homeowners was finding a way to blend all the different types of materials in the kitchen. To do so, they added lots of their favorite color – green. The green glass-tiled backsplash and a couple green cabinets tie everything together perfectly. Having a few cabinets that are a different color breaks up the long, expansive space.
When it comes to easy clean up, these folks have it made. Their central vacuum system has a very special feature called a "crumb catcher". The homeowners just sweep the dirt and crumbs over to the catcher and away it goes.