WE ALWAYS DREAMED OF HAVING a gourmet kitchen, and now we do! Of course, it came with a 30-foot great room and breakfast nook, making it even more impressive and useful. Now, we really can have the party in the kitchen, with people sitting and snacking at the bar island or milling around the great room. I like the fact that we can prep the next course without feeling left out of the conversation or crammed like sardines.
Everyone comments on the counter-tops. They're granite, of course, but the contractor laminated two slabs together to make them twice as thick before he finished the edges. We also had a little fun with the bar island by choosing a color pattern that is the reverse of the rest of the countertops.
This kitchen has everything—and there is still room for at least three cooks. Adding the butler's pantry between the kitchen and dining room was a stroke of genius, especially with that built-in coffee maker, warming drawer, and extra refrigerator for the caterers. It puts pretty much everything we need within reach so we don't have to trek out to the kitchen for a refill or an extra wine glass.
I have to say, my favorite thing about the kitchen is the concealed walk-in pantry next to the double wall oven. The shallow-depth cabinets next to the pantry are also very cool, not to mention convenient and smart. Oh, and then there's that “meteorite” finish on the appliances that's supposed to not show fingerprints. I was skeptical, but it really works!
Product Specs Kitchen and Great Room