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Room Guide: Gourmet Kitchens, Part 1

Our facebook poll from Valentine's Day determined that the #1 feature people would love to have in their dream home is a gourmet kitchen. Here are a few of our all-time favorite Visbeen Associates' designed kitchens with fun features to keep in mind when designing this valuable space. Stay tuned to our blog as we continue part two of this room guide next month!

The carefully crafted kitchen of the Ingleside was designed to recapture the character of the past with every convenience available of the present.

Two Creeks
Curves make a dramatic statement in Two Creek's traditional kitchen. The range hood's sinuous lines complement the adjacent window's graceful arch. The alder wood of the island and custom cabinetry plays off the cherry ceiling and walnut floors for a warm, comfortable feel. Rich granite countertops offer a beautiful surface for prep work and entertaining. The windows above the sink - on an east-facing wall - capture sunrise views. Even the island prep sink contributes decorative elements to the traditional kitchen. A niche behind the range offers storage for spices, oils, and other cooking essentials. A light color scheme and an earthy mix of materials help the kitchen reflect the traditional style found in the rest of the home.
- Excerpts from Better Homes and Gardens,
Kitchen and Bath Ideas Magazine, Nov/Dec 2009,
"Golden Glow" written by Khristi Zimmeth

Through a series of openings and intriguing angels, key living spaces unfold from the elongated, unique octagonal shaped space, which literally serves as the hub of the home. A quartz topped split island anchors the room, while a butler's pantry with additional sink and dishwasher to assist during entertaining.

Sunset View
The open flow of Sunset View's kitchen into the adjacent spaces makes for easy entertaining. This kitchen has a view of the dining room, lounge area, formal dining and hearth room, not to mention a great view of the lake!

Old Woods Manor
The Kitchen of this grand estate boasts coffered ceiling, abundant windows overlooking the woods beyond, dramatic Old World crown moldings and an adjacent catering kitchen to allow ample prep space for large party entertaining. A kitchen of this grandeur features the level of quality generally found in homes of the past.

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