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Prep, Cook, and Cleanup | 2020 Farmhouse in Fairfield County

Take a closer look at all the incredible chef-worthy spaces we incorporated into our 2020 Farmhouse in Fairfield County.

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

“We have a large extended family, and everyone loves to be a part of the action,” says TOH Idea House designer and homeowner Sandy Effren. “So we set out to build in ample spaces for guests to gather, and to prepare and enjoy meals together.”

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, kitchen island breakfast nook, Nov/Dec 2020 Nat Rea

The showcase kitchen you see is just the beginning; out of sight from the dining and living areas are a hardworking butler’s pantry with its own sink, dishwasher, and full-size refrigerator, along with a handy beverage bar for quick refreshments. The cabinets are rough-sawn European oak stained dark on the island and lighter on the perimeter; the quartz countertops and backsplash mimic concrete. The custom hood is finished to coordinate with the dark stain of the island.

Learn more about (and peek inside) these fine custom cabinets, here.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Sinks, faucets: Kohler; Range hood: Betlan Corporation; Garbage disposal: InSinkErator; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Countertops, backsplash: Caesarstone; Island pendants: Kuzco, from Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Windows, patio door: Marvin*

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Thoughtful layout

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, kitchen/kitchen island, Nov/Dec 2020 Nat Rea

The sink and cooktop are placed across the aisle from each other for easy movement between the two.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Sinks, faucets: Kohler; Range hood: Betlan Corporation; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Countertops, backsplash: Caesarstone; Island pendants: Kuzco, from Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Windows: Marvin*; Flooring: Baird Brothers Fine Hardwoods

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Generous island

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

Measuring five-feet-by-eleven-feet, the island, with its wide sink, dishwasher, and microwave drawer, is a great spot to prepare meals without missing out on the action in the living area. A custom-fit cutting board allows you to work directly over the basin for easy cleanup; an eco-friendly garbage disposal features an automatic injection of microorganisms that helps break down food waste.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Sink, faucet, cutting board: Kohler; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Countertop: Caesarstone; Island pendants: Kuzco, from Chloe Winston Lighting Design

Pantry with a pass-through

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

In the butler’s pantry, a pass-through to the kitchen allows dirty dishes to slip out of sight for cleanup in the pantry sink or dishwasher.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Sinks, faucets: Kohler; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Countertops: Caesarstone

Additional workspace

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

A workspace on the pantry side of the pass-through includes a refrigerator, sink, and dishwasher. For a convenient cup of tea at any time, a specialized faucet dispenses instant hot water.

Hot water dispenser: InSinkErator; Pulls, undercabinet lighting: Häfele; Sink, faucet: Kohler; Countertop: Caesarstone

Wall of cabinetry

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

Closed cabinets in the butler’s pantry provide plenty of out-of-sight storage for canned goods and small appliances, while open shelving keeps serveware within sight and easy reach. Sun tunnel skylights flood the interior space with natural daylight.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode, Sun Tunnel Skylights: VELUX*; Lighting: Chloe Winston Lighting Design; Pulls, undercabinet lighting: Häfele

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Pull-out pantry

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

The pass-through from the kitchen to the butler’s pantry is flanked by a refrigerator on one side and a pantry cabinet on the other. LED lighting strips ensure a clear view of every inch of the deep cabinet interior.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance

Beverage bar

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020, beverage bar, stairs, Nov/Dec 2020 Nat Rea

Steps from the kitchen, master suite, and outdoor entertaining spaces, the beverage bar is well situated for grabbing a morning coffee or refreshing a drink. Two refrigerated drawers below the wine cooler provide additional chilled storage. And extra-wide pullouts accommodate snack platters for entertaining.

Cabinetry: Wood-Mode; Pulls, undercabinet lighting, toekick lighting: Häfele; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance

A smarter dispenser

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

A built-in water dispenser on the opposite wall serves up chilled and filtered water—and cuts down on plastic-bottle use.

Water filter: Elkay

Alfresco dining

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

The outdoor kitchen is fully-appointed for alfresco meals, with built-in, weatherproof cabinetry. A skylight with room-darkening blinds can block the sun on brighter days. And thanks to mechanized retractable screens, the space becomes a screened-in porch for bug-free dining at just the touch of a button.

Outdoor cabinets: NatureKast; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Skylight: VELUX*; Retractable screens: Phantom Screens; Cabinet hardware: Emtek; Room styling: Leia T. Ward, LTW Design

*These products procured via Ring’s End

Chef-worthy outdoor grill

Fairfield Farmhouse, Idea House 2020 Nat Rea

The 36-inch stainless-steel gas grill features two types of heat—direct, and radiant from burners and ceramic briquettes—for nuanced control for everything from seared steaks to grilled fruit. A two-position rotisserie rack handles dishes large and small, and a powerful 25,000 Btu infrared sear zone is perfect for searing in delicious flavors.

Outdoor cabinets: NatureKast; Appliances: Sub-Zero/Wolf/Cove, from Aitoro Appliance; Cabinet hardware: Emtek