NKBA 2002 Design competition: Category 2: Medium Kitchens

NKBA 2002 Design competition: Category 2: Medium Kitchens
(more than 35 square feet and less than 50 square feet of countertops)

1. Large, Inefficient Kitchen Gets Contemporary Overhaul

To address the clients' request for a kitchen that would be both contemporary in appearance and highly functional for cooking and entertaining, Tran reworked the layout with a "less is more" theme, opening an area to the dining room and front entry. This allowed the room to take better advantage of natural light, while emphasizing the stunning view of the San Francisco Bay.

Custom vertical eucalyptus cabinetry sets the scene, while black granite countertops add elegant appeal.
The center island designed to support a structural column while offering a working and dining counter serves as a focal point for the room. Adding visual interest, "The contrasting play of angles and curves creates a more sculptured island," Tran notes.

To keep the kitchen functioning at optimum levels, Tran selected a Thermador cooktop, oven and microwave, Miele dishwasher and coffee system, Sub-Zero refrigerator and Vent-A-Hood ventilation.

Doussie flooring provides a beautiful finishing touch.

2. Unfitted Design Defines One-of-a-Kind Kitchen

Custom cabinetry from Neff Kitchens includes a variety of colors, such as golden maple, brown cherry and mint green, while limestone flooring and countertops in everything from stainless steel and butcher block to soapstone and scone add a range of textures. To tie the areas together visually, Heigl repeated the use of these materials throughout.

A mixture of shapes and angles also add to the room's unusual appeal. The angular shapes of the corner hutch piece and the hood over the cooktop contrast with the shapes of the drywall niche around the refrigerator and wine rack.

The way the materials interact is also key to the design, he notes, adding that, "The large turned post supporting the circular dining counter, as well as the rounded stainless steel legs supporting the table interact with the shapes of the cooktop table and the island."

The kitchen features a Thermador oven, cooktop and microwave, Gaggenau dishwasher and custom ventilation with Best blower. Campagma limestone tile flooring, a Kohler Undertone sink and Franke Triflow faucet in chrome finish off the look.

3. U-Shaped Kitchen Reworked for Two Cooks

The design team carefully considered the ideal location for each appliance. A prep sink includes a single-drawer Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, while the clean-up sink is integrated with a Bosch dishwasher flanked by a hutch for dish storage. The kitchen also features a Thermador oven and ventilation, DACOR microwave, Wolf cooktop and Sub-Zero refrigerator.

Aesthetically speaking, the designers wanted to create "a timeless-looking kitchen" that would just get better with age. To do that, they began with hand-made French pine cabinets from Sweetheart Cabinetmakers, aged and distressed to mimic antiquing. The island granite was honed and the color enhanced to achieve richness without the sheen, while Jerusalem Gold Classic honed limestone countertops also add a sense of classic elegance.

A hammered antique copper sink and bronze faucets from Waterworks are located in front of a Walker Zanger terracotta and stone Italian Villa Rustica marble mosaic. A limestone cornice behind the cooktop frames the second mosaic, while the hood is hand-trawled plaster with a rich terra cotta finish.