Open for conversation
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.
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
|Countertops||Tropical brown granite and concrete|
|Other|| Tech lighting |
Hafele cabinet hardware
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