Fun, Family-Focused Baking Kitchen
With the perfect mixture of task-specific and kid-friendly ingredients, the Fenech family designed their dream kitchen to accomodate their children and passion for baking.
Multi-Purpose Counter Layout
This L-shaped counter can be used for food prep and display. In its previous state, the counter space was almost completely taken up by a sink and a free-standing range.
Dishwashing Made Easy
A stainless steel sink has a removable grid system to help filter any large food items that could clog the drain. The one-touch technology gooseneck faucet allows one to use both hands for dishwashing; water turns on with a simple tap of the arm.
Convenient, Hidden Trash Bin
A pull-out trash bin integrated into the base of a cabinet keeps bins for trash and recyclables within arm's reach.
Bold, Refinished Floors
Instead of ripping out the existing wood floor, the uneven floors were leveled, sanded, then refinished in a matte, dark walnut stain.
Out of Sight, Into Island
An island houses both a stainless steel microwave and warming drawer on its rear side, keeping small appliances out of view yet within arm's reach
Smart Feature Relocation
The corner that was home to all the appliances and a sink is now occupied by cabinetry that holds all baking supplies and a full-length pantry for everyday food items. Ansley Fenech samples cupcake toppings.
The Sweet Spot
To keep all baking supplies confined to one area and out of the children's reach, the Fenechs opted for upper cabinetry to house both ingredients and bakeware.
Classic Subway Tile
The walls of the kitchen feature sleek, subway-style glass tile.
The Icing on top... of the Window
A window in the kitchen's baking station looks out on the front yard. Custom-made Roman blinds dress up the window with a dash of contrasting color and graphic pattern.
Convenient Pot Filler
A stainless steel pot filler installed above the range makes boiling prep easier. The tile backsplash is made of glass-and-marble basket weave and black marble bullnose trim in a panel set into glass tile.
What's black and white, and made for bakers?
The remodeled Fenech kitchen features a black and white color scheme accented by olive green. Its transitional style updates a mid-1990s Tuscan look and its new layout makes more efficient use of the existing space.
Bold, Contrasting Elements
The area previously used as a pantry is now home to a new stainless steel refrigerator. The room incorporates black and white through three main design elements: honed white Vermont Danby Marble on the bar-height kitchen island countertops, black bead board cabinetry and casing, and polished black granite on the counter-height solid surface countertops.
There’s a kid-height pantry in the kitchen island that holds snacks, plastic cups and plastic bowls, allowing the kids to serve themselves.
A pull-out drawer system in the island keeps plates and bowls at waist height. The top drawer holds flatware while the middle and bottom keep offer storage for dishes. These drawers are directly across from the dishwasher, allowing the Fenechs to fill the drawers with clean dishes without ever having make a single step.
Strategic Lighting Design
A trio of polished nickel pendants above the kitchen island and recessed can lights throughout the room provide a mix of task and ambient lighting.
Convenient Cookbook Shelving
Ansley and Asher Fenech sit on the counter of their family's newly remodeled kitchen. Bookshelves built into the island keep cookbooks within easy reach.