Chef Duet

These Colorado homeowners are avid cooks and love to entertain, both in intimate settings and in large groups. Despite their passion, the couple was frustrated with their cramped kitchen area that didn’t allow them to work in the space at the same time. After brainstorming with the LifeStyle Kitchen & Bath Team, they moved forward with a complete kitchen remodel.

The project was no small job and involved the removal of the walls between the existing dining room and kitchen, the removal of the pantry closet, and the relocation of all the appliances. Removing these walls required the design team to hide support posts on the kitchen’s exterior wall. The upside was that it allowed for the creation of a dining area adequate for their existing table that seats eight to 12 people for everyday casual or formal dining.

In addition, moving the appliances provided the perfect timing for an upgrade in products. The homeowners chose to use top-of-the-line Viking Professional brand for the fridge, dishwasher, microwave, warming drawer, and cooktop. These appliances are housed among the new cabinetry—Dura Supreme’s St. Augustine lyptus cabinetry—a choice as eco-friendly as stylish.

Since the homeowners have parties that host a hundred-plus people several times a year, it was important that the kitchen function as well as it looks. The challenge was to create maximum space utilization for two cooks working at the same time while entertaining their guests. The solution was the creation of a peninsula with a prep sink, and the center island became the workhorse of the cooking zone. Plus, a Scotsman ice maker keeps cool drinks in the guests’ hands while dinner is prepped.

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