Talbot Lane - Kitchen

Collaborating with Realty Restoration, LLC, we delivered breathtaking results. Stand out rooms in this home include the Gourmet Chef's Kitchen, the Posh Wet Bar and Living areas and the Exquisite Master Bathroom Retreat. Masterful craftsmanship and creative applications of materials are trademarks displayed throughout the renovation such as in the barrel vault ceilings, inlay floor designs, the application of natural stones. This extensive remodel is a prime example of one humble house emerging as the Ultimate Entertainer's Delight!

When the owners of this 20 year old home came to us with a lengthy wish list of items for their remodel the adage “the kitchen is the heart of the home” couldn't have been more true. Among the requests were a gourmet kitchen housing commercial appliances, an island that could seat 10, a bar area deft enough to hold generous quantities of libations and their appropriate dressings and serving vessels, and multiple entertaining areas that all relate back to the kitchen. Later in the project a luxurious master bath would present and include a ladies vanity retreat which would rival the grandness of the finishes in the kitchen.

The challenges brought to the table both structurally and aesthetically, were numerous. The homeowners' foremost desires were to update the old kitchen to accommodate for the husband's passion for cooking and to utilize areas from surrounding unused rooms to integrate a space for frequent, large gatherings. The original kitchen, while possessing adequate square footage, housed awkward angles, multiple entrances and an ill-placed center island which crowded all of the work zones to one side of the room. Guests were either ostracized to a dark, crowded breakfast nook closed off from the kitchen and living spaces or relegated to an awkward hallway holding a pull-up bar which faced the backs of the hosts.

After annexing space from an ancillary bedroom and opening up the pass-though bar, the first of many hurdles was to create a cohesive space by constructing a 135 degree angle barreled ceiling utilizing the angles of the existing floor plan and the existing peak of the roof line. Indirect cove lighting now illuminates the massive, custom-made arched beams and makes the venetian plaster finish glow thus creating the new architectural focal point of the kitchen.

The next obstacle was to address proper ventilation and placement of the commercial range top and broiler oven. A custom stainless steel shelf was designed to hold the broiler oven as well as provide an auxiliary exhaust path for contaminated air through slits on the underside of the shelf. Critical elements addressed in the construction of the cooking space were the tolerances beside combustible materials, proper ventilation, make-up air and overall aesthetics.

In order to accommodate a kitchen with over a dozen major appliances including a 60” Blue Star rangetop, a Blue Star Salamander broiler, a Miele Steam oven, Subzero Refrigerator and Freezer, and Wolf ovens, just to name a few, careful space planning and application of the NKBA Guidelines were exercised to keep reasonable work triangle dimensions and create efficient work zones. Detailed lists and measurements of the kitchen's contents were thoughtfully considered in the placement of storage next to the appliances to minimize distances from each work zone and its appropriate devices.

To address the clients' request to create a kitchen that accommodates their large family and many guests yet not interfere with the cooking or clean up activities, a expansive island was designed. Mirroring the angle of the barreled ceiling the island has a dual purpose, acting as a work space on one side of the angle and a communal gathering space on the other. Furthermore, adjacent areas were reconfigured to relate to the kitchen proper in order for guests to participate in activities from any part of the main living spaces.

The once cramped breakfast nook is now a chic wet bar complete with icemaker, 30” Subzero Wine refrigerator, extra deep liquor bottle drawers, and a whimsical martini olive bar faucet. A large portion of the wall separating the nook from the living room was removed alleviating the bottleneck of traffic off the patio and allows for more natural illumination from the bank of windows in the living room. Opposite the bar area an expanse of built-in cabinetry provides storage for glassware, serving items and to display the homeowners' compendium of recipe books, novels, publications and the like. A planning desk was also included for daily activities such as checking email, planning menus and paying bills.

Balanced by the symmetry of repeated lines, materials and finishes, there is now continuity between the kitchen and multiple living spaces. The perfect marriage of color, texture and lighting now create a backdrop for this entertainer's paradise. Where there once was a conglomerate of closed off rooms, now exists a unified space that all relate back to the heart of this remodel: the grand gourmet kitchen.
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