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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.

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The Lacanche range was manufactured in France and is identical to one that was in the owner’s previous home. The counter-to-ceiling cabinets flanking the stove are the only upper cabinetry in the room, designed by Kitchen Ideas. Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh.

The Lacanche range was manufactured in France and is identical to one that was in the owner’s previous home. The counter-to-ceiling cabinets flanking the stove are the only upper cabinetry in the room, designed by Kitchen Ideas. Photo by Melissa Lukenbaugh.

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.

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The Galley Sink allows the homeowner to slice, dice, chop and prepare foods in one workstation. The sink is located below a large kitchen window, which affords the homeowner beautiful views while she’s working in the kitchen.

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Thorp installed The Galley Locker in the dining area, a piece that is custom manufactured for Kitchen Ideas. He says the juxtaposition of the clean, contemporary style of the hutch contrasted with the classic styling of the room is one of his favorite aspects of this project.

The homeowner requested  that the kitchen design offer ways to hide smaller countertop appliances. To accommodate this, Thorp installed cabinets and pop-up shelves beneath the counter and island to house these appliances, such as an espresso machine and a stand mixer.

The homeowner requested
that the kitchen design offer ways to hide smaller countertop appliances. To accommodate this, Thorp installed cabinets and pop-up shelves beneath the counter and island to house these appliances, such as an espresso machine and a stand mixer.

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.

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