Kitchen Remodel for Stunning View

One couple's dream of life in a picture-perfect setting turns into reality with a new, gorgeous kitchen.
By: Lillian Hayes Martin

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Photo By: Johnny Stevens

Hillside Haven

Bill and Hulda Coskey wanted to redo their kitchen in order to capitalize on the stunning views from this Texas home. Maximizing access to the infinity pool and terraced patio was the first priority for the Cosky's kitchen renovation.

Vantage Point

After deciding on a more useful layout and creating an easy flow from inside to outside, the couple's new chef's kitchen shows off their spectacular view overlooking the countryside and takes full advantage of the outdoor pool and patio.

Making Space

The new layout maximizes the view while providing ample space to cook and entertain. The center island, a generous 8-feet long and 54-inches wide, fits both bar stools and extra deep cabinets with drawers. Moving the refrigerator to the left by three feet creates space for a larger pantry and extra room at the sink.

Island Time

Jody created a one-of-a-kind island, mixing Crema Bordeaux granite, natural limestone and oversized, dark walnut-stained wood legs and bun feet. Four stools make room for guests to relax.

On the Edge

The 3-inch chiseled edge of the granite adds rustic charm and echos the rough-cut surface of the limestone used below for the base.

Second Sink

A vegetable sink occupies the corner of the island across from the range. When cooking for a large crowd, Hulda finds having a second sink dedicated to food preparation very convenient.

Clean-Up Time

Relocating the sink and dishwasher to the corner creates an efficient clean-up zone. The black granite sink is indestructible and has a dark finish that mixes well with the colors of the kitchen.

Coffee Bar

A small, under-the-counter cabinet with double doors hides a coffeemaker, keeping the corner uncluttered. This space was easily converted by installing a small 16" cabinet in the open space under the upper cabinets.

Handle With Care

Ornate, pewter handles inset with rare Cornelian stone decorate the doors like fine jewelry. The red stone looks great on both the light and dark cabinets, while adding drama and elegance to the kitchen. In ancient times, the Cornelian stone was said to bring luck to its owner.

Perfect Planning

Cabinet organization is high on Hulda’s list of priorities. Because she is an avid baker, one lower cabinet is dedicated to cookie trays. TIP: When designing a new kitchen, take inventory of your equipment, and make sure there will be adequate storage for all of your personal items.

Double Up

Hulda needed a double oven, but didn’t want it taking up wall space. The new six-burner double oven range has two ovens but with different sizes. Hulda uses the larger one when she is entertaining and the smaller one when she is cooking for Bill and herself. Local limestone forms the vent hood surround, customizing the look of the appliance. Repeating the limestone used on the fireplaces in the family room integrates the new kitchen with the original house.

Under-Cover Cooking

An under-the-counter microwave keeps the appliance out of sight but still centrally located.

Color Surprise

Random glass tiles add pops of color and unpredictability to the repetitive pattern in the monochromatic backsplash.

Everyday Buffet

A large buffet, which provides storage for everyday china, has seeded glass doors and a dark walnut stain. Jody bumped it out and finished it with fluted trim, making it look like a piece of furniture.

Valley Views

The new layout takes full advantage of the exterior view of the valley. Removing the existing split-level island and replacing it with a large, counter-height surface opens up the space.

Ground Cover

The cobblestone travertine makes a design statement all by itself. The rough-cut tiles mimic the island’s edge treatment. The soft veining and muted colors of travertine make it a versatile choice for flooring.

Oh Là Là

The new floor plan orients to the double French doors and the exterior patio. One or both sides can be opened. TIP: Choose French doors that swing out to save on interior space.

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