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The zebra wood cabinetry is the perfect hue to contrast with the apple-green countertop. Glen says it's worth it to invest in the materials that matter, such as cabinetry and countertops. "But durability doesn't have to be boring," she adds.
Glen and the family spent a lot of time researching what the best materials would be for this kitchen, choosing materials that are stylish but ecofriendly. The zebra wood is both those things — it's formaldehyde free and was harvested from sustainable forests — and durable to boot.
Cabinetry: Bradco Kitchens and Baths; countertop: Caesarstone, Apple Martini
A small desk area is nestled next to the oven, set lower than the countertop for a sense of division. A large base drawer holds the printer, which helps keep the desk uncluttered.
Glen filled the kitchen with plenty of handy features that the owners love, including an integrated filter in the sink faucet, vertical storage for baking sheets and a pullout trash and recycling bin.
Oven, cooktop, dishwasher: Bosch; hood: GE Profile; refrigerator: JennAir; sinks: Kohler; faucet: KWC; hardware: Hafele
The long, narrow shape of the kitchen restricted the client's layout wish list. A complete island would've taken up too much room, so Glen installed a combined bar and prep space on one of the walls. The sink, range and refrigerator aren't laid out in the traditional work triangle, but it still works well for the family. The current configuration leaves room for entertaining and helps eliminate traffic jams.
Backsplash: Trend Mosaics; bar stools: Crate & Barrel
"Details usually come at a price," says Glen. "In order to afford the visual extras, like a metal strip in the countertop, we scaled back some of the upper cabinets and used open shelving instead." She also installed large base drawers around the perimeter for storage.
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