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FEB 2019

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WELL-PLANNED STORAGE Halliwell also customized the kitchen's lay- out, paying special attention to storage and functionality. "We went through several revisions as far as mapping out where everything would go," he says, noting that cabinet storage with desig- nated drawers for kitchen items ranging from garlic, onions and potatoes to platters, trays and a mixer was well planned out before an order was ever placed. "We wanted to make sure everything was in place and exactly where she needed it and wanted it." Functionality was addressed via multiple is- lands, each designed with a particular purpose. The center island serves as the homeowners' main work area. It offers plenty of countertop space and storage as well as in-kitchen seating so their two teenage sons can eat breakfast and be close by. It is also home to a Kallista Multiere stainless sink. Two Ochre Arctic Pear chandeliers float above. The outer island functions as an entertaining space and is equipped with two Miele wine units and a Sharp microwave drawer with concealed controls. It is topped with marble that echoes the stone used as the backsplash on the cooking wall. To maintain a clean look, Halliwell includ- ed Legrand pop-out outlets on the island, as well as throughout the rest of the kitchen. "When she entertains a big crowd, she can be working on one side of the kitchen while her guests can easily grab a beverage from the undercounter refrigerators," he says. "They can be in the space with her, but not be in her way." The outer island also acts as a barrier between the kitchen and family room. Its furniture-style facade helps blend the two spaces and prevents it from looking too 'kitcheny,' adds Halliwell. DEFINED NICHES Another goal for the project was to create more distinctive spaces within the kitchen's expan- sive rectangular footprint. "When we were brought into the project, the kitchen was just one big, empty room," he says. "As part of the design process, we created nich- es, separated by drywall, to define certain areas." The cooking niche as well as the display cabinet niche serve as examples. So does the refrigerator/pantry niche that houses the 36" Gaggenau refrigerator flanked on each side by tall pantry cabinets. "One pantry was designed for everyday items and is equipped with roll-out and adjustable shelves," he says. "The kids can come in and easily grab something without getting too far into the kitchen. My client calls the other pantry her 'baking center.' She uses it to store small appliances and baking pans, trays, sheets, etc." The open area above the refrigerator and pantries addresses multiple concerns. "We went back and forth about the open space above the tall cabinets," Halliwell explains, noting that they considered eliminating the gap and having the drywall brought down to meet the tops of the pantries and refrigerator. "As we considered the options, we decided to keep the open area so the refrigerator/pantry niche matches the adjacent cooking niche to create a seamless, straight visual line. We added lighting to make it more purposeful. It's also great for entertaining, and it matches the mood lighting and accent lighting detail in the crown mould- ing used throughout the rest of the house." ▪ The massive 9' ventilation hood takes center stage within the kitchen. To further support cooking needs, the space also includes dual ovens, dual induction cooktops, a gas cooktop and a teppanyaki grill. The outer island functions as an entertain- ing space and is equipped with wine units and a microwave drawer. This island also acts as a barrier between the kitchen and family room. The open area above the refrigerator and pantries addresses multiple concerns. For one, its lines match the adjacent cooking niche to create a seamless, straight visual. Halliwell also added lights to enhance functional value and to match the mood lighting and accent lighting detail in the crown moulding used throughout the rest of the house. Halliwell accented the kitchen's cabinetry with various accessories, including glass for the upper display cabinets and polished stainless trim, which matches the ventilation hood. 44 Kitchen & Bath Design News • February 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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