kitchen after remodel with white cabinetry, pale-marble countertops, studded steel range hood
Photo: Aimee Herring
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The Plan

Cluster the appliances, add a second sink, and put in tons more drawer storage.

Shown: The 48-inch studded-steel hood has a custom design, based on hoods in old commercial kitchens. It and the six-burner range with grill signal this is a serious cooking space.

What They Did
1. Enlarged the footprint slightly. Taking 2 feet from the family room allowed for a bigger, L-shaped pantry, which abuts an enlarged recess that holds Wolf double ovens, a microwave, and a Dacor warming drawer. Two feet from the dining room contributed to a new butler's pantry where a swinging door had stood. The anteroom holds another sink, a dishwasher, and a wine cooler, serving as a staging area and bar.
2. Made every inch usable by removing a structural post in the center of the room that had obstructed not only a view of the patio through the French doors but also access to the side of the island where the owner wanted guests to gather. Now, a 23-foot steel beam in the ceiling carries the load.
3. Reworked the island and enlarged it by 1½ feet in length and width. Where the butcher-block work surface graduates into a breakfast bar, its curved shape separates the eating zone—the bar and the table—from the cooking area. Its swooping shape also eases traffic into the family room.
4. Added an arched doorway where French doors had stood as another way to encourage flow from the kitchen into the family room.
5. Increased drawer storage with sturdy 24-inch-deep pullouts in the sides of the island facing the sink and the range for convenient access to baking supplies and food storage containers.

Cooktop and Double Wall Ovens: Wolf Appliances
Vent Hood: Betlan Corporation
Microwave: GE
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