2009 NKBA Design Competition Category: Large Kitchens (more than 50 sq. ft. of countertops)

While some kitchens are designed for families and others for a gourmet chef, this kitchen was created for both. The clients had five children, with the husband a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute, so a commercial-style but family-friendly kitchen was essential. Cameron Snyder, CKD, of Roomscapes Luxury Design Center selected Wolf and Miele appliances, including a gas cooktop with a French burner, steam oven, convection oven, speed ovens and warming drawer. Wood-Mode horizontal grain rift-cut cabinets and concrete, bamboo and CaesarStone countertops finish the space.

Marine elements set the theme in this kitchen, designed by Bryan Matthew Reiss, CKD, CBD of Distinctive Designs and independent co-designer Theresa Bishop. Reiss and Bishop selected Custom Wood Products cabinetry in green and white painted maple, a striking tin ceiling with a custom pewter finish and Juparana granite countertops to continue the theme, while GE appliances, an LG dishwasher and ventilation from Vent-A-Hood add functional appeal. The theme is cemented with an antique Russian submarine porthole and salt water reef fish tank for a unique focal point.

According to designer Kristin Ann Okeley, CKD, the clients wanted the warmth of a Mediterranean-style kitchen with plenty of counter space suited for a multi-cook family. Okeley, along with Lisa Stites of Kitchens by Design, wrapped dual peninsulas around a center island to provide a circular flow. Custom Rustic German beech cabinetry with a Coffee stain and distressed paint accents along with Light Durango travertine countertops and an Iroko wood top add a Mediterranean feel. A custom balcony salvaged from a building in Buenos Aires, Argentina provides an ornate focal point.

Aloft-like kitchen design was the goal of Lori Carroll and Mary Roles when creating the kitchen for this contemporary desert home. The space had a steel girder at the tall open ceiling, exposed brick support columns and polished concrete floors, and the designers, both of Lori Carroll & Associates, added work stations for more definition. The island includes European cross-cut oak veneer base cabinets and abundant counter space topped with Serafina granite. The space mixes angular lines and fluent curves, while attached seating and Viking appliances add function.

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