A social kitchen with considerable geometry to it.
At the center of the kitchen is a 13-foot-long island with angled wing walls. On one side is the cooking area; the other faces a table and a built-in bench seat. The side of the island facing the eating area is 46 inches high to mask the sink, stove, and work counters. The island's black plastic laminate top forms a buffet counter for informal meals, and though the house has a formal dining room elsewhere, the kitchen is so inviting that most guests end up here.
The old kitchen was dark, but in the new design, two skylights above the island and sliding doors to the side-yard patio bring in plenty of light. White walls and cabinetry bounce light around the room, and the ceiling is punctuated with recessed downlights.
Although the kitchen is quite open, cabinets on the long wall behind the cooking area provide plenty of storage, in addition to two big pantries at opposite ends of the room--one for foodstuffs, the other for plates and kitchenware.
In remodeling, the owners got help from designer Deborah Zvaifler and kitchen consultant Nancy Raulston.
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|Date:||Apr 1, 1984|
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