From Ordinary to Gourmet

KM_044A complete house remodel allowed us to move walls and create the space for a gourmet kitchen on Capitol Hill.

Although we were going to have a good sized space to work with, we still had to determine the best way to configure the space. It was clear that one home owner preferred to do prep and cleanup, while the other preferred to concentrate on cooking and baking. The solution: create three distinct areas for prep, cooking, and cleanup.

The homeowners wanted a wooden surface to use for preparation, so we created a large island in the center of the kitchen with a cherry end-grain countertop. One side was designed for food preparation and the other for cleanup. Access to a sink was necessary for prep, and the sink was right there where the work was to be done. A professional sprayer was installed to assist with prep, cooking and cleanup. A dishwasher and large storage cabinet are located inside the island, making cleanup a breeze. Across from the island is another storage cabinet, a waste cabinet with dual bins for trash and recycling, and a farm sink where pots and pans can be placed after cooking.

The chef wanted a large, high-end stove with multiple burners and an oven for pastry dishes. We installed a six burners cook top and a large oven for baking. The end of the island, adjacent to the stove, is designed for baking utensils and dishes. Well planned storage helps to keep everything the chef might need close at hand thanks to two large wall cabinets on each side of the professional hood, a pull-out spice cabinet, and a large corner cabinet for pots and pans.


The ambiance of the space was also a top priority for the clients. Beautiful imported Italian tile with unique decorations appear under the hood, above the stove, and over the farm sink. There are also open shelves for cook books and other display pieces over the farm sink, while glass cabinets on each side of the sink allow for the display of, and access to, dishes and glassware. There is a tall, illuminated cabinet at the other end of the kitchen that flanks the refrigerator and allows the clients to display additional dishes.

special-featuresThis kitchen had a unique, architectural challenge—a sloping ceiling at the cook’s end. We  overcame this problem by placing a curved wooden ceiling at one end of the kitchen, a ceiling that reminds the clients of their wooden sail boat.

The final result is a highly functional gourmet kitchen with charm and pizzaz. More more images from this kitchen, click here.