Incorporating the eating area into the kitchen island eliminates the need for a separate kitchen table. The unusual shape compensates for misaligned window placement.
Cooking with Ease
A dual-fuel six-burner range replaced an inefficient, undersized electric cook top. The gas burners make it easy for Bill and Gloria to create gourmet meals, while the electric convection oven with gliding racks bakes dishes much more quickly than a conventional oven.
To add interest, a row of copper liners sits between 1-inch yellow glass mosaic tiles, adding an architectural accent to the kitchen. The copper tiles were expensive, but the amount needed was minimal, making the cost reasonable.
Do-It-Yourself Microwave Drawer
An under-the-counter microwave drawer hides the appliance from view. Placing the microwave closer to the eating area makes it easy for grandkids and guests to heat food themselves.
Bold Granite Countertops
Brazilian Mascarelo granite's bold colors of brown, yellow, grey and copper became the inspiration for the overall color scheme of the kitchen. When choosing multi-colored granite, try to match the granite's various tones and shades and incorporate them throughout the kitchen.
A Place for Cookbooks
Opposite the sink is an open shelf for cookbooks. Gloria keeps her favorite books out for easy access, while an adjacent cabinet holds many more behind its doors.
A Functional Focal Point
The sleek lines of the faucet, dual soap dispensers, and under-mount stainless steel sink create a modern design statement. The extra tall arc of the faucet makes washing large pots and pans manageable.
Installing a Water Purifier
Installing a reverse-osmosis water purifier requires proper planning. Make sure a certified plumber installs it correctly, and place the dispenser away at the end of the sink so it can swivel to fill large containers.
Fine China on Display
Fine china and crystal sparkle inside halogen-lit glass-front cabinets. Puck lighting is unobtrusive and economical. Dimmers control the light for all occasions.
Simple hardware adorns the traditional cabinetry. The elegant simplicity of the circular knobs adds an understated modern touch.