HGTV Dream Home 2013: Kitchen Pictures

A sleek and sophisticated Zen-style kitchen is designed to place focus on meal prep and beautiful marsh views.

German-manufactured cabinetry clads both the nearly 8-foot-long island and a unit that houses the refrigerator and pantry-style storage bins. Ecru pine complements both countertops and stainless steel fixtures.

The rich saturated hue of bamboo flooring stands out against the room's palette of gray, white and green, a color collection that echoes the home's natural surroundings.

A pro-style stainless steel gas range is positioned to take advantage of lush side yard views. "The kitchen is an inspirational place to make meals," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "And everything is easy to maintain."

Open shelving replaces upper cabinetry in the kitchen's far corner. Cabinet hardware is eliminated in places to promote the room's streamlined aesthetic.

The kitchen boasts a private entrance to the back deck, where a plunge pool and outdoor entertaining areas invite friendly gatherings.

Tilt-and-turn windows draw cool coastal breezes into the home and provide views of both the side yard and the marshland that lies behind the home. Shell urns, crafted by an Edisto, S.C., artist, lend an essential pop of drama.

Continuing a focus on clean, uncluttered interiors, storage space and recycling bins are concealed behind custom cabinetry.

With space to store spices, canned goods and small appliances, a mini pantry makes smart use of storage space.

Fifteen shelves of storage, concealed within the kitchen island, compensate for lack of upper cabinetry.