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MAY 2019

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refrigerator, Wolf double ovens and a toaster oven, which is concealed behind doors beneath the Wolf microwave. A small countertop area provides just enough space to be a momentary drop zone for items coming out of or going into the nearby appliances. Cascino accented it with a reflective backsplash of Artistic Tile's Hip Herringbone in Be Bop White. "The herringbones are so small that they cre- ate sparkle and texture," she says. "And because each piece of glass isn't a single color, there's a bit of mottling that adds another layer of depth, aside from the various ways it reflects the light." To enhance flow within the kitchen's large footprint, Cascino included two islands, each planned according to its function and well- equipped with storage to make up for the near-elimination of upper cabinets. "The home is about 10,000 square feet, which means the kitchen is quite large," she explains, noting that both of her parents like to cook and each can be creating their own meals simultaneously. "We needed to create a layout that offers enough separation so people don't bump into each other, yet keeps everything close together so they can move around without having to take too many steps. Our solution was to include double islands." The outer island offers seating and is home to dual ASKO dishwashers that flank a ROHL Shaws fireclay farmhouse sink accented with a Hansgrohe faucet and a Newport Brass beverage faucet. The center island, which is a bit narrower so people can easily reach across it without having to walk around it, includes a Wolf cooktop, ROHL prep sink and an abun- dance of doors/drawers to handle the bulk of the kitchen's storage needs. "The middle island has storage on both the front and back," she says. "The cooktop side stores everything needed for food prep and cooking, such as pots/pans, spices, knives and cutting boards. The opposite side has storage for plates, b owls, extra cups and serving dishes, so when someone unloads the dishwashers, they can easily turn around and put them into the base cabinets. That way, anyone who is prep- ping food for dinner isn't in the way of someone who is setting the table or putting away dishes. "Overall, our goal was to create a beautiful and functional kitchen where people can hang out, within a comfortable home with plenty of space for hosting family and friends," she con- tinues. "The best compliment is when everyone says they immediately feel at home." ▪ DUAL-FUNCTION BUTLER'S PANTRY ADDS NEEDED STORAGE To eliminate some of the storage concerns created by a kitchen with few wall cabinets, Leslie Murchie Cascino added a butler's pan- try behind the kitchen, which can be accessed via two entrances…one from the kitchen and another from the mudroom and garage. To promote unity, she repeated several elements used in the kitchen, such as the Sea Pearl quartzite and the Hip Herringbone Be Bop White glass mosaic from Artistic Tile. The Swirl Woodcraft cabinets feature the same in- set design style and custom flat-panel profile, but this time, Cascino sheathed them with a hue color-matched to Dunn-Edwards Irogon Blue to create a moodier environment that relates to the kitchen, yet isn't identical. "We thought it would be more interesting to use a darker color," she says. "This deep denim blue works well with the countertop and backsplash and offers a new way to create a similar feel." As a dual-function space, Cascino designed one side as storage for dry goods and occa- sionally used small appliances, such as the waffle maker. It is also home to the Sub-Zero freezer and undercounter refrigerator and a ROHL Shaws sink and Hansgrohe faucet. A window above the sink allows natural light in to keep the space feeling open. "We had a lot of discussion about where to locate the freezer," she says. "My parents were admittedly apprehensive about separating it from the refrigerator, but in the end, we decided they use it predominately for ice for drinks and for longer-term storage, so it isn't accessed frequently." The opposite side of the room serves as a service center for beverages, such as coffee, wine, liquor, sodas, etc. "Guests can grab their own drinks without in- terfering with anyone in the main prep space," she notes. Several upper cabinets include seedy glass inserts, "so guests can feel comfortable navigating the room by themselves…without needing a tour guide to get a cup of coffee!" she jokes. Cascino located the main kitchen sink to be out- ward facing so her parents could more easily watch TV, enjoy the view or talk with guests as they prep food or clean up. Sea Pearl quartzite countertops offer a connec- tion to nature without being too 'warm.' The stone's subtle greens and grays work well with the lime- stone fireplace and hearth as well as the oak floor, ceiling beams and iron hand rails, while its polished finish offers a wider depth of field to highlight its veining pattern. 32 Kitchen & Bath Design News • May 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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