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These homeowners wanted an open plan to contain their kitchen, breakfast bar, computer station and dining area. The designers used concrete and granite counter surfaces, natural hardwoods and warm textured fabrics to complement the exterior elements. Dramatic two-story windows welcome acres of woods into the house.


Integrated appliances create a clean, simple look. Playful touches like the unusual bar stools and the floor lighting on the island add an individual touch. An artistic stainless steel hood, positioned between two windows, is a focal point in the design. Positioning the main sink and dishwasher in the island facing the dining area promotes conversation when entertaining. The prep sink and oven, located adjacent to the main work area, provide alternative work zones for the family.

The pantry, utility storage and computer center have separate locations. The dining table nestles into the radius window area. Rice paper mullion doors retract to open a dry bar or buffet serving area.

open plan kitchen

This kitchen earned a third-place award in the open-design kitchen category of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition.

Designer: Sandra L. Steiner, CKD Steiner & Houck, Inc., Mechanicsburg, PA

Photography: Peter Leach

Products Used
Cabinets Wood-Mode
Countertops Tropical brown granite and concrete
  • GE microwave, oven, compactor and warming drawer
  • Gaggenau cooktop
  • Bosch dishwasher
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator and drawers
  • Best hood
Flooring Quartered oak

Kindred sinks

Rohl faucets

Other Tech lighting

Hafele cabinet hardware


floor plan
Floor plan

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