Collaborative Design Effort Becomes Recipe for Success

BELLE TERRE, NY While it has been said that "too many cooks spoil the broth," this traditional-style, new construction kitchen which showcases the efforts of various trade professionals, along with plenty of input from the client proves that this is not always the case.

So says Kevin Nathan, president and owner of Huntington, NY-based Appliance World of Huntington, who along with Roslyn Heights, NY-based Goldman and Associates, addressed the appliance needs for the space.

"The homeowner was very clear about what she wanted [with regard to appliances]. She wanted to bake with her children and utilize the 'bake stone' element that Wolf now offers," Nathan states.

Mike Mangino, president/owner of Huntington Station, NY-based Artista Kitchen Designs, adds: "She wanted two ovens, ample counter space, a decorative mantle-type hood and a stool area for buffet-style serving."

To enhance the 13-1/2'x31' space, Mangino selected Wood-Mode cabinets in two different wood species. Maple with a chocolate glaze and sandstone finish was used for the perimeter cabinetry, while cognac on cherry made an eye-catching statement on the center island.

Cabinet Fever

Mixing two different wood species on the cabinetry helped to create the warm, functional space the client desired, according to Mangino. "We used a display cabinet on the end of the run and a glass cabinet that can be used to display decorative items," he says.

"There are also turnposts at the cooktop," Mangino further notes.

Hand-carved moldings from Enkeboll which are also found on the Best hood enhance the cabinetry as well, he adds.

A butler's pantry was also created for food storage and to display decorative items, such as China pieces and crystal.

To keep a cohesive feel throughout, the butler's pantry features Wood-Mode cabinetry as well,

with drawers and shelves on one side and glass cabinet doors on the other.

Appliance Alliance

For Nathan, the appliances were key for the success of the project.

"We have to [decide] which appliances fit the customer's style while still remaining consistent with the rest of the home," he points out. To that end, the Sub-Zero refrigerator was given overlay panels.

"This created a look that is not the typical stainless steel finishes that are seen," he offers.

However, it is the Best mantle-style hood that is most eye-catching, the design team believes.

The client saw it in the showroom and loved it, and as a result, much of the design revolved around this element.

To highlight the hood, it is placed higher and pops out further than the upper cabinets. The motor of the hood sits outside the hood proper, on the awning, which helps to minimize noise in the kitchen.

The Wolf ovens added another unique element, Nathan believes."The double 'single' ovens [were used as] undercounters, and that is unusual for convention today," he remarks.

Mangino adds: "Since the Wolf microwave and the refrigerator sit side-by-side, it creates greater function as well."

In the Flow

The island is a key element in the design of the kitchen. It offers useful storage, with two shelves to hold cookbooks on one side and drawers for pots and pans on the other.

However, the island also had to be designed with traffic flow in mind. This was particularly of concern, since the kitchen space is quite long and somewhat narrow. Ample clearance between the 3'6"x9'10" island and the [prep] countertop was essential. In addition, in order to avoid having the family have to walk around it every time they wanted to get to the refrigerator, the design was conceived with a tight work triangle that would work outside of the pathway of the island.

But, there was still one key design element the client needed met. The client has a very large family that likes to congregate in the kitchen. Therefore, a stool area was integrated into the island so family members and friends can still comfortably sit while food is being prepared.