2008 NKBA Design Competition Category 3 Large Kitchen Finalists Recognized for Use of Style and Function Large Kitchens (more than 50 sq. ft. of countertops)

A wall of windows opening to a spectacular marsh view was used as the main focal point for this large kitchen, designed by Gerard Ciccarello, CMKBD, of Covenant Kitchens & Baths, Inc. in Westbrook, CT. The cooking center, which includes a cooktop from Wolf Appliances and decorative hood from Best by Broan in a pale cream finish with a Vandyke brown glaze, acts as the second focal point, as seen from the kitchen entry. A dishwasher from Fisher & Paykel Appliances, Sub-Zero refrigerator and a biscuit farmhouse sink from Whitehaus Collection enhance the design.

For Peter Vanderhyden, the key to this kitchen design was to create a layout suitable to multi-tasking. To that end, Vanderhyden, of Images Kitchen & Bath Design, Inc. in Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada, and co-designer Pat Marchio, created a layout with ample space for myriad kitchen functions. A central core suitable for cooking and clean-up was created with a cooktop from Wolf Appliances, a Sub-Zero refrigerator, Miele dishwasher, and microwave from Panasonic, as well as fixtures from Kohler and Brittania. All are set against stone walls and a working fireplace.

According to Terri Ruth Hosken, CMKBD, of Anchorage, AK-based Beyond the Box – Kitchen Design, “It takes one to know one.” Hosken explains: “These clients were restaurant owners who wanted function that would transcend the commercial applications they had into an on-the-go lifestyle.” Hosken chose a cooktop, oven and refrigerator from Thermador, and Elkay sink with fixtures from Hafele America. She combined these with custom cabinets from Howka Cabinet Co. and Absolute Black granite slab and maple countertops to create the space.

Reminiscent of the styles in homes located in the French countryside, this kitchen, designed by Anthony Albert Passanante, CKD, of Wyckoff, NJ-based Peter Salerno, Inc., offers elegance mixed with traditional styling. Passanante explains: “The design focuses on key features such as the island, paneled hood and pass-through.” The focal point is the sloped and raised panel hood from Best by Broan. The pass-through creates an exceptional view from the Great Room into the kitchen, which is highlighted by the glazed cherry cabinets from Christiana Cabinetry. A 36" Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, polished granite countertops, limestone flooring and sinks from Rohl and Franke Consumer Products finish off the look.

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