The heart of our home, the kitchen, features several distinct areas with specific functions. A U-shape cooking area in the main kitchen is fronted by an expansive eat-at island with a sink and two dishwashers. It separates the work space from the family room. Major appliances are set into the flanking walls. Our kitchen also has a pantry and a two-sided butler's bar.
This roomy kitchen offers plenty of function organized into compact, efficient work areas.
COMMAND CENTER Placing the six-burner cooktop in a "U" of cabinetry keeps kitchen traffic out of the cook's way. Corner base cabinets from KraftMaid come equipped with rotating, slide-out trays so utensils or pots are easy for the cook to access.
INVINCIBLE ISLAND A sizable, apron-front, natural granite sink from Stone Forest, with a bronze Delta faucet, holds the center of our 10x4-foot island's work side. On each side of the sink is a Sears Kenmore Pro stainless-steel dishwasher. The island's generous size makes it a workhorse for a number of tasks, including preparation, clean-up and serving, as well as offering comfortable seating for quick breakfasts or snacks. At gatherings, family or guests can pull up a seat to chat with the cook (or help prepare the meals!).
COUNTER INTELLIGENCE We chose a new, chocolate brown, pure natural quartz countertop from Cambria for the island. We then designed a deep, rounded edge, scaling it to fit the heft of our island. Even with heavy daily use, this countertop material won't stain or require sealing or maintenance. We used three countertop colors in various areas to complement and contrast with a sophisticated mix of cafe- and ivory-finish wood cabinetry.
SMART POSITIONING For everyday convenience, we placed major appliances on walls on each side of the cooking area. Separate pro-grade refrigerator and freezer units are built into cabinets on one wall, and they are conveniently located opposite the built-in wall ovens, microwave and warming drawer.
SATELLITE STATIONS A walk-in pantry positioned between the kitchen and formal dining room has its own apron-front granite sink, open and closed dish storage and a wide, multi- ledge plate rack. Its sliding barn door pulls shut to hide inevitable meal clean-up clutter. A two-sided butler's bar positioned near the living room keeps beverage service separate from the kitchen work areas.
DISPLAY TECHNIQUES Mixed cabinet and counter finishes aren't the only way to beautify a farmhouse kitchen. We finished the look of ours with plenty of display spaces: open shelving, glass-front cabinets and ledges above and below the windows. There, we used the space to show off collections of old pottery, farm tools, baskets and the like.