A Social Kitchen with a Splash
– Corvallis, OR –
These homeowners wanted a social kitchen where several cooks of different generations – including an avid baker – could work together comfortably. They also wanted a gathering place for their growing family and frequent out-of town guests: a place where cooks and non-cooks could interact easily during meal preparation. Working closely with the homeowners, we designed and built an efficient but social kitchen that meets their needs beautifully.
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The key to this kitchen design was creating multiple work stations for different tasks around a large central island. However, the existing space was a simple galley kitchen – too small to accommodate separate task areas. In addition, the homeowners felt that adjacent rooms were poorly laid out and didn’t meet their needs. Our home designers developed a comprehensive plan that reconfigured the existing entry, den, dining room, and family room. Coupled with a small addition, this provided room for a spacious kitchen and dining area for multi-generational cooking and entertaining.
White custom cabinets and white Silestone countertops in the new kitchen create the bright, clean feeling the clients craved. This white-on-white color scheme is given depth by a Brazilian cherry hardwood floor, dark sinks, and a dramatic backsplash running around the perimeter of the kitchen. The backsplash tile is Pental Surfaces’ Parc 3D Bloom in “Latte.”
Our experienced designers specified two sinks in separate workstations on either side of the kitchen. This important feature allows multiple cooks to work efficiently without wasted steps or awkward traffic jams waiting for the sink to become available. The larger cleanup sink is a Blanco Valea Silgranite II undermount in “Anthracite” (a dark gray color) with a Kohler Simplice pull-down faucet. The smaller prep sink is located between the cooktop and the double wall ovens – a perfect spot for filling a vegetable steamer or grabbing a cup of water while making bread dough. It’s a Blanco Precis Silgranite II medium bowl undermount in “Anthracite” with a Kohler Forté faucet.
A focal point of the renovated kitchen is the Wolf five-burner professional gas cooktop topped by a Zephyr Ravenna hood. With its curved glass canopy, the Zephyr hood is like a beautiful but functional piece of sculpture.
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