A Kitchen With Added Style and Storage in the Same Space
For an avid cook, ample pantry space, lots of burners, and a timeless design provide the perfect recipe for entertaining success
A St. Louis couple remodeled this space—twice—to give the husband a suitable place to build his culinary skills. The first redo yielded a workable 11-by-30-foot galley. But now that he had prep space, the amateur chef decided the look of stock countertops, cabinets, and appliances was out of step with the four-course dinners he prepares for his gourmet eating club. More storage space, a pro-grade range, and a handsome environment were on the shopping list—but another space reconfiguration wasn't.
Kitchen designer Gregory Evans used plenty of Mission-style cabinetry to warm up the new space. Reducing the vent by 2 feet allowed for the extra storage cabinets flanking it.
Oil-rubbed bronze finishes on the Rohl faucet and Rockler cabinet knobs are consistent with the period look. Honey-colored granite countertops lighten up the Brookhaven cherry cabinets.
The built-in knife block was created from a slotted 12-inch-long insert of canary wood and makes use of the 3 inches of dead space behind the base cabinets.
Pilaster columns with ribbon trim were the result of a collaboration between the designer and the couple; they were custom-ordered from the cabinet company. For a similar effect, kitchen designer Gregory Evans suggests figuring in about $800 per column when coming up with a budget.
The pendant lamps above the dining table, offer added style, while providing warm, ambient lighting.
Leaded-glass doors from Cosby Art Glass brighten the upper portion of the built-in hutch and suit the room's Arts and Crafts theme. They hide away bar glasses and stemware.
The pantry, which Evans doubled in size by borrowing adjacent closet space, is fitted with custom 16-inch shelves and 11-inch cubbies to hold the homeowners' small appliances and packaged foods.
The old kitchen's Southwest look was a relic of a 1980s redo. The wide channel hiding the vent ductwork took up valuable space along the cooktop wall.
1. Doubled the Pantry's Size. A 3-by-5-foot pantry was combined with an adjacent utility closet to create one 3-by-10-foot walk-in. Two sets of double doors put a good front on the closet—one working, the other fixed.
2. Customized Storage. The pantry is fitted with 16-inch shelves for small appliances and 11-inch cubbies for canned goods. A 9-foot-tall built-in hutch occupies part of its front wall; the bumped-out bottom accommodates 9-inch-deep shelves to hold the host's 50-bottle bar. The sink side of the island has roll-out shelves with knife-block and spice-rack inserts. Bookshelves fill the side of the peninsula facing the eating area.
3. Reduced the Vent. Narrower by 2 feet, the new range-vent opening conceals streamlined ductwork for both the Thermador grill and Wolf cooktop, and allows a bit more room for upper cabinets.
4. Created an Appliance Wardrobe. On the sink wall, a new 8 1/2-foot-high partition and a same-sized existing wall enclose the Sub-Zero fridge and Wolf convection ovens. Cherry pilaster columns added to both sides give a finished look.
Since the space was to remain largely the same, Evans had to get creative with space. Combining an existing pantry and utility closet of equal size created one efficient, walk-in storage area that's hidden behind cabinetry panels. Eliminating a door swing also smoothed traffic flow in the 400-square-foot space.