Kitchen Reborn with Eclectic Style and Professional Function

KING’S POINT, NY — Part of an extensive home remodel, this kitchen, nestled in an upscale community on the North Shore of Long Island, was revamped to include all the makings of a beautiful, inviting space fit for family gatherings, parties and other social occasions.

Indeed, the clients – a doctor, his wife and their children – are big on entertaining. The wife, an avid gourmet cook, is always serving food – so much so, that it feels like you’re walking into a veritable smorgasbord each time you enter the kitchen, says Ken Goldfield, CKD, CBD of Classic Kitchen & Bath Center, Ltd., which has showrooms in Roslyn and Southampton, NY.

Goldfield was charged with the task of opening up the old kitchen, which kept the wife isolated from family and friends.

“Her original kitchen was cramped. It really didn’t have the work space or entertaining capability she wanted. It was the place she spent most of her time, and was the nerve center of the home,” says Goldfield.

He was able to expand the kitchen’s footprint and make it flow seamlessly into the adjacent family room that overlooks the backyard and pool. The dramatic remodel was made possible by bumping out the old kitchen and transforming the family room, along with a back laundry area and a bath.

Aesthetically Speaking

When it came to aesthetics, Goldfield says the wife expressed a very distinct and very strong sense of style.

“From day one, she was very exact. She had done a lot of research, and when she walked into the firm’s Roslyn showroom, she saw the kitchen display featuring Neff cabinetry, and said, ‘That’s it. That’s what I want,’” relates Goldfield, who brought the display to life with some minor tweaking.

He worked with interior designers Scott Ornstein and Mary Rabiner of Ornstein Rabiner Select Home Ltd. to ensure the look of the new kitchen meshed with the style of the rest of the home. This was key since it was now completely visible to the family room, divided only by an island and a fraction of the original wall, which had to stay intact because it was needed for structural support.

However, the overall style of the kitchen display the wife loved was, in fact, applied to the new kitchen. “I used the exact same door style and color as in the display,” he notes.

The end result, says Goldfield, was a highly functional layout featuring professional-style appliances. The kitchen was divided into different work centers that fused Old World elements and contemporary lines for a look that’s eclectic, timeless and fit for a gourmet cook.

Fusing Function & Style

The key to Goldfield’s design was the Neff cabinetry the wife fell in love with in the showroom. It featured a square, raised-panel door style that was traditional, yet it couldn’t be pinned to any one era or style.

He installed the cabinetry along the new perimeter of the kitchen, along a new, open peninsula and inside the new island that replaced most of the aforementioned structural wall separating the old kitchen and family room.

“The new island serves as a social gathering point between the kitchen and the new family room, which has a fireplace and big-screen TV,” observes Goldfield.

He finished the perimeter cabinetry in Buttercream Patina and the island in Carmine Cherry. Strategically placed

Neff dentil moldings, turnings, corbels and custom-carved appliqués complete the cabinetry’s exterior.

Inside, Goldfield then infused all of it with plenty of task-specific storage options that are specifically geared for each of the kitchen’s different work centers: cooking, auxiliary cooking/baking, preparation and clean-up.

“She has a true passion for cooking, and, therefore, wanted the best professional-style equipment installed in these different stations,” notes Goldfield.

To that end, the main cooking center – which resembles a classic hearth – features a high-ouput Wolf RT486C rangetop with charbroiler, removable wok ring and griddle. The area is completed by a RangeCraft liner clad with a custom hood that matches the cabinetry and works with an external remote Best by Broan blower.

To the right, a Wolf DO30 double oven and WD30 warming drawer comprises the secondary cooking/baking center.

“The double oven has multiple racks and settings, and provides the even heat she needs for the all of the baking she does,” relates Goldfield. “She also liked the compartmentalized warming drawer because she could store different dishes in there, and keep them warm for one hour, or eight hours.”

A Sub-Zero 601 refrigerator, which provides the extra storage the wife wanted for her everyday stock items, flanks one side of the double oven/warming drawer combination. A pair of Sub-Zero 700BFI undercounter freezer drawers stacked and set on a 45° angle flanks the other side.

“The drawers were installed in that fashion in an effort to maximize counter space in that particular corner,” notes Goldfield. He also hid a microwave behind a matching cabinet panel above the drawers and to the left of the double oven and warming drawer combination.

A Sub-Zero 700BC undercounter refrigerator/freezer, a Bosch SHV66OA3 dishwasher and a Franke sink and faucet add function to the island and comprise the main clean-up and preparation center.

Another Franke sink and faucet in the peninsula serves as a secondary preparation area.

With the help of Ornstein and Rabiner, the wife picked out the granite countertops and backsplash, the custom, hand-painted tile mural, and the custom, hand-painted floor tile Goldfield installed in the kitchen.

He also installed a pair of large, custom pendant lights over the island. “They were designed by the interior designers especially for the space,” he notes.

The lights are part of an overall lighting design that includes recessed can lighting, as well as a skylight. Natural light further floods the kitchen from a wall comprised of custom-made, floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the family room.