Orlando, FL — Too many cooks in the kitchen can be a hazardous scenario. But with a summer kitchen, a main kitchen and additional snack and food prep areas in the recreation room, media area, carriage house and laundry room, the builders and designers of the recent New Southern Home were able to avoid this situation entirely.
The home includes 22 rooms and over 12,200 square feet of air conditioned space, with additional covered outdoor spaces adding another 6,000 square feet to the overall living area. The James M. Krantz Construction Corporation built the lakefront home, and the main kitchen was designed by Connie Edwards, CKD, CBD and director of design for Timberlake Cabinetry.
While Mediterranean styles are common throughout Florida architecture, the builders of the New Southern Home wanted to create something entirely different. The home’s shingle – or Hampton – style goes well with its waterfront location, producing an overall casual feeling for the entire space.
The designers employed an open design plan for the kitchen, creating an atmosphere where cooking and entertaining can take place simultaneously.
The simple design lines and painted surfaces of the cabinetry play up the casual waterfront feel of the home. The design team used a Maple Cream glaze on the cabinetry to maintain a brighter space.
Providing a look that mimics a hearth installation, the cabinets are stacked to the counter and afford space on either side of the range.
One short wall and one long wall are part of the room’s design, limiting the amount of cabinetry. As a result, storage space in the 20'x18' kitchen needed to be designed creatively. Base pot and pan pull-outs and roll-out trays maximize the interior storage.
To supplement the existing cabinetry and create additional storage space, the design team built cabinets into the dual islands.
A large walk-in pantry, also referred to as the hidden pantry, is located off the kitchen. Tying the design together, the Cream finish of the cabinetry presented a shade for the walls here. The designers fit the entry door to match the cabinet doors and the crown molding matched the cabinetry, as well.
In addition to storage, the pantry acts as a safe-room, complete with thumbprint technology.
With seating available for guests on the outside island, the placement of outlets on the islands challenged the designer. Located behind the outer island, a wall supporting a raised snack bar easily became the place for the added outlets.
The inner island, however, presented a greater challenge. “The problem [on the inner island] was solved by incorporating pop-up outlets,” says Edwards. “They required some special planning to allow room below the countertop for the pop-ups, when in the down position, as well as special access for the electrical. Still, they solved the problem and added one more ‘wow’ feature to the kitchen.”
According to Krantz, one of the primary goals of the home was to incorporate environmentally friendly design into the plan as often as possible. Working with the size and layout constraints, the designers put a great deal of thought into the placement of the appliances.
The 48" dual-fuel range matched the 33" All Refrigerator and 33" All Freezer, 30" High Speed Oven, 24" dishwasher and 30" warming drawer, all from the Energy Star-rated Electrolux ICON Professional Series. A custom-built range hood accommodated the vent kit, and featured the paneling of the cabinetry for a seamless look.
As a certified Aging-in-Place specialist, Krantz designed the showhouse to provide unlimited access for all persons. Between the workspaces, 48" in the aisle provides two cooks the space to work with one another simultaneously and complies with Universal Design standards.
Krantz’s team also made certain the kitchen’s sink base had accessible fittings. The inner island housed the primary farmhouse kitchen sink, which helped to create a more efficient work triangle.
Undercabinet lighting illuminates the space, and the large windows were left without a treatment to allow in additional light. Glass inserts went into the cabinet doors, and were dressed up with illuminated shelves.
Additional culinary spaces spanned the entire home. An outdoor kitchen is adjacent to a covered lanai, providing opportunities for the family to enjoy the natural setting of the home.
The first floor laundry room doubled as a kitchen space, as well. A refrigerator, sink and built-in oven provide a multi-functional space for the home.
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