The pastry/dough station is lower than the standard counter height to make it easier to roll out the dough

The pastry/dough station is lower than the standard counter height to make it easier to roll out the dough

 

There are three key elements in creating a good, classic working family kitchen.

    • A good kitchen designer and builder
    • quality materials
    • and a family to love it.

This kitchen met all the criteria.

Inspired by the Craftsman style, which was popular in the United States from the late 1800’s up until the Great Depression, kitchen designer, John Starck of Showcase Kitchens in Manhasset, New York worked closely with this family, architect and builder to create a Craftsman look that flowed easily, met all this family of five’s needs and would become the hub of this house.

 

High Functioning

The kitchen is spacious, just about 900′ square feet, yet Starck made it feel intimate and cozy by creating four separate sections;  cooking,  dining, sink-cleanup and a desk area within the large space.

 

Cooking
The two side panels are slide out spice drawers

The two side panels are slide out spice drawers

 

This kitchen is not just another pretty face.  This family likes to cook and one of their specialties is pizza making.

Within this contained triangle section of the kitchen, Starck was able to give them plenty of storage and counter workspace.

The Wolf stove is set under a fireplace mantel, which in fact, houses the fan.  Flanking the stove neatly are two slide out spice drawers and to the side sits the Miele coffee/cappacino/espresso machine.

The marble slab countertop is set lower, as is traditional for pastry and dough stations to make it easy to roll out doughs.  Marble, here white Carerra,  owns the characteristics of being constantly cool and smooth, both of which are ideal for creating the perfect doughs.  When not in use, the area is used for meal prep.

The centerpiece of the kitchen, the island is cleanup central boasting the copper hammered apron farmsink and the checkerboard end-grain countertops

The centerpiece of the kitchen, the island is cleanup central boasting the copper hammered apron farmsink and the checkerboard end-grain countertops

Washing

The sink and dishwasher are set into the island, which also serves as a dining counter for the kids.  Thoughtful detailing here includes:

    • the cookbook bookcase built into the end
    • the Craftsman styled detailing in the legs
    • the exquisite Grothouse checkerboard ‘endgrain’ countertop with a walnut and mahogany border
    • Copper hammered apron farmhouse sink
    • the dishwasher is hidden with cabinetry panel to the left of the sink

dining area in kitchen

Dining

The Dining area is set in a nearby corner with a built in banquet.  Cleverly, Starck positioned it so it is not in the flow of the mess of the cooking or clean up giving it a feeling of separation and civility in dining.

 

Detailing We Love:
  • The planked floors are different widths, which is indicative of the time period and style
  • Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate refrigerator drawers are fronted with cabinet panels to keep the look of the kitchen consistent
  • Antiqued Perrins & Rowe faucets
  • Copper brick patterned tiles on stove backsplash
  • Carerra marble mini-subway tile backsplash on pastry station
  • Quality Custom Cabinetry stained white oak wood

 

Credits:

Kitchen Designer:  John Starck   Showcase Kitchens in Manhasset, New York
Architect:  TJ Costello of Hierarchy Architects
Builder:  Todd Mitchell of Mitco Construction, Bellmore, NY

all photography done by Ric Marder Imagery

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