Designing a Kitchen for Entertaining

Last week, we introduced Henry’s wish list for a kitchen designed for entertaining. He contacted a Certified Kitchen Designer at the Kitchen Warehouse and presented her with a wish list. This is how she accommodated all of Henry’s requests, and more.

CKD Julia Spillman started with a basic floor plan, taking into consideration where the current appliances were plumbed since moving plumbing increases the homeowner’s cost. The first thing she did was remove the wall between the kitchen and family room, creating one large space with enough room to accommodate the items on the wish list, including a 30” wine refrigerator to accommodate Henry’s 250-bottle collection.

entertainment center kitchen appliances kitchen island and butcher block

Entertainment Center, Appliances, and Custom Island with Butcher Block Top

With all of the new oversized appliances and the outlets needed for them, things were going to have to move in order to accommodate them. Spillman placed the appliances in the room and then considered her many alternatives for custom cabinets that offer storage for the entertainment center without taking up too much floor space. She integrated highly specialized cabinets that allowed for more function in the limited space and allowed up to 5 times more storage.

In order to get a casual, comfortable feeling, Spillman used an eclectic mix of materials.  The island is all stainless steel with an Iroko butcher block for cheese and appetizer settings. The cabinets on the main walls are Lyptus, with a dark stain and glaze. She used three black painted inset cabinets with glass doors and lighting as focal points. There are four sources of lighting: recessed cans, task lighting, hand blown glass pendants at the windows and dining table, and halogen lights built into the custom hood to ease the cooks’ job.  The main countertop is Wild Sea granite and the back splash is 1”x1” slate, with random glass tiles.

Custom Table

Custom Table With Bench Seating

She designed a custom dining table with a slab of sandstone and used a bench as part of the seating, allowing for more space to accommodate larger groups.

The end result had even more features than what Henry wanted and provided an entertaining kitchen with plenty of space for his wine tasting with friends and a much more open and modern look.

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