kitchen with tons of storage, and attractive features like a professional range, marble counters, and a walnut-topped island
Photo: David Prince

Stowaway Zone

With its walnut-topped island, marble counters, and 7-inch-wide white oak floorboards, this 10½-by-14-foot kitchen is elegant, to be sure. But the real beauty lies in much more than its pretty face. With two sinks, two dishwashers, double wall ovens, a warming drawer, a 48-inch range, a full-size refrigerator, a full-size freezer, and cabinets, cabinets, and more cabinets, this is one high-functioning facility built for cooking, cleaning up, and above all, storing. "It's like your walking inside a big cabinet," says Mac Patterson, the Connecticut architect who designed the kitchen. "The whole room is a cupboard."

Besides providing a big prep area, the 3½-by-7-foot island houses a dishwasher, pull-out recycling bins, and cabinet and drawer storage for cookware and utensils. On the other side of the island, the counter extends a foot beyond the cabinets to provide space for stools and knees.

Adapted from a story by Joe Carter
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