They kicked off the process by asking designer Ines Hanl to make a red Aga range the centerpiece of the kitchen while hiding the fridge. "We could have taken out a wall or put in an island, but we didn't want to forgo the flavor of the house," says Shelley. Not that function wasn't key too. Back-to-back sinks—mounted in a custom cherry hutch—offer prep and cleanup convenience, and a double-wide stack of stainless-steel appliances is tucked inside the pantry. To satisfy the couple's desire for order, two symmetrical banks of to-the-ceiling cabinets are crowned, glazed, footed, and aligned right down to the height of the drawers.
Shown: A pair of column fridges hides in cupboards; metal grilles on top let the compressors breathe.