Special Feature Kitchens

By Dan Gregory

The thick recycled wood plank top for the island adds warmth to this kitchen.

Everyone has the perfect kitchen in mind: from one that's a performance venue to one that offers simple display space. Browse these kitchens' special features to help you cook up your own dream design.

Some kitchens are theatrical spaces where cooking becomes a performance: that's the effect of the kitchen in Plan 449-22 by David Cox. The kitchen/dining area is at one end of the great room. Helping to 

define it is a four-part groin vault in brick. This Old World idea creates a tent-like space, giving it special character and visually separating it from the family area under a flat ceiling at the other end of the room. The warmth of the brick contrasts with the white walls and cabinetry and complements the wood of the floor and island countertop. Clerestory windows brighten the room. The sleek cabinetry -- which also hides the refrigerator -- keeps the room uncluttered. 

In Plan 901-120 the kitchen combines open shelving over the sink area with enclosed cabinetry 
elsewhere so that favorite objects can be put on display.
One of the benefits of the big kitchen island in Plan 48-642 by Alan Mascord is that it creates space for the

expansive stainless steel pot rack suspended above it. In Plan 464-15 by Allison Ramsay Architects, Inc. a

wall of windows incorporates the water view for a striking backsplash -- figuratively, and literally speaking! Alcoves with built-in seating are a special amenity that give a

kitchen extra flexibility, as shown in the honey-toned breakfast bay at one end of the kitchen in Plan 454-11 by architect Sarah Susanka, and the modern step-up booth in Plan 451-15, below.

The kitchen in Plan 132-207 is all about an Old World look, which is created with the dark beamed ceiling,

turned legs on the island and flanking the cooktop, and in the tapered hood.

Mon May 11 00:00:00 PDT 2015