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.

Blown-glass votive holders and Venetian-style glass goblets sparkle against a backsplash of clear glass panels. The backing of panels was painted white and installed over white walls.

Steel bar hardware, used sparingly, lends contemporary styling.

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.

A built-in professional dishwasher offers quiet performance; a wash system that adjusts water pressure, temperature and speed to each load; and a fan-driven drying system.

Tilt-and-turn windows stream light into the kitchen, where ample countertop space accommodates food prep and service. "The clean, sleek style of the kitchen is an invitation to cook healthy, delicious food," says interior designer Linda Woodrum. "This practical and beautiful approach to kitchen design has its own message — it is all about the food."

Large enough to accommodate dinner prep for a crowd, a stainless steel undermount sink pairs effectively with a pull-down touch-activated faucet.

A mercury glass bowl reflects light and adds a touch of shimmer. Filled with pomegranates, the accessory nestles inside a handwoven charger plate.

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