Kitchens and baths are two rooms that make up a home, but they are the two that can prove the costliest. With new construction and remodeling projects demanding that these rooms feature high-end finishes, designer touches and state-of-the-art technology while also offering timeless style, designers and builders are thinking outside the box and customizing these rooms to suit exactly what the homeowners desire.
Open And Clean
Photography by Melissa Lukenbaugh
The owner of a new construction home in midtown Tulsa turned to Kitchen Ideas and the firm’s manager, Michael Thorp, to help design the general layout and functionality of the kitchen. A designer herself, the owner desired a kitchen that was both beautiful as well as functional. She does a fair amount of entertaining, so it was important to Thorp to create a space that accommodated large crowds and offered plenty of room for food storage.
The kitchen’s Galley Sink makes for efficient food preparation and is close to the range. Multiple Thermador refrigerator and freezer units provide ample room for food storage. The units are lined in metal, so they retain cold and are more efficient, and shelves can be raised and lowered with a motorized mechanism. The homeowner desired an open and clean feel, so upper cabinetry was kept to a minimum. A steam oven and icemaker are built into the kitchen’s large island.
The finished kitchen mixes functionality with designer touches and allows the homeowner to display decorative elements that she has collected from her travels around the world.
TREND ALERT: Touch of Gold
According to Houzz.com, a home design website and app, small touches of metallic colors in the kitchen is a hot trend in design for 2015.