DESIGN SEEN AND UNSEEN WINS THE GOLD MEDAL
IN KITCHEN DESIGN FOR REESE KITCHENS
Story by Shelley Swift
Photos by E. Anthony Valainis
This kitchen has great looks, but what won it
the gold medal for kitchen design is that it's a great kitchen
to work in.
For example, the home owners are both over six
feet tall, so the countertops are 41 inches high rather than the
standard 36. Rollout shelves, vertical tray storage, even drawers
shaped to hold linens and napkin rings are hidden but much appreciated
by the homeowners, who cook and entertain often.
|Glazed tiles in terra cotta, green and
azure blue and chalked pine cabinets built like furniture
make the kitchen beautiful, but its smart layout takes the
The island is a design winner all on its own.
One side is for seating or for buffet service, the other for food
preparation. The countertop is curved to provide enough overhang
for comfortable seating, while the under-counter storage has touch
latches instead of knobs so lanky visitors won't scrape
their knees. The working side of the island has a vegetable sink
at one end, plus underneath are two additional refrigerator drawers,
an ice maker, a microwave and drawers and shelves for pans.
Of course, the kitchen combines function with
beauty. The colorful tiled countertops extend to a two foot tall
backspash. Ten by ten inch ceramic tiles grace the floor. The
builder, W.G. Tait, Inc., installed recessed halogen lights under the
cabinets to provide a non-intrusive glow. The cabinets themselves
are designed like furniture-the doors are flush with the cabinet
fronts when closed. Some of the cabinets have seeded glass fronts
to show off the couple's collection of Fiestaware.
Because the couple loves to entertain, top of
the line appliances were in order. What looks like a giant armoire
actually houses a pair of Sub-Zero refrigerators. The professional-style
Wolf range has six burners, a grill and a double oven, topped
with a custom-made mantel-style hood that is trimmed with woodwork
to match the cabinets. Two dishwashers ensure easy party cleanup.
The breakfast nook and the hearth room, in the same large space
as the kitchen, echo its colors, and a walk-in pantry with a pass-through
window for groceries is just off the kitchen.
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