Island Adventure

By The Old House Web

Island Adventure

A large custom-shaped island takes center stage in this newly improved family kitchen. Tall display cabinets anchor the two ends of the island, which also houses a double sink, dishwasher and cooktop. It also provides casual dining space for two.

Although traditional and classic in looks, the kitchen is fully modernized. The original kitchen, designed in the 1950s, featured a straight run of out-of-date laminate cabinetry. The makeover and addition uses angles of cabinetry as dividers of sorts to make way for a desk area, entertainment area, table and chairs, and two distinct work triangles. Dual sinks and cooktops with adjacent concealed refrigeration and convenient work spaces are found in both. Lighting, including a touch sensitive infrared system, allows the homeowner to pre-program settings.

Further enhancing the space, three different finishes and colors are used on the cabinetry to help differentiate the areas. The floor is a mixture of wood and ceramic tile. A sunroom added to the front of the kitchen lets natural light stream in for a bright and sunny look. A circular staircase, that couldn't be relocated, was restained and painted to match the cabinetry.

This kitchen earned a first-place award in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 1998 Design Competition for a 250 sq. ft. or more remodeling project.

Designer: Lois Kirk
Company: Kitchens Unique By Lois, Inc.Chester, NJ

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