Cook's nook: Whirlpool's 36-inch range anchors the kitchen. It features a sleek gas cooktop with durable cast-iron gates, an Internet-enabled oven, and a distinctive canopy hood, which is also 36 inches. With a touch of the Web tablet residents can access a recipe and set the oven to the correct temperature and timing for the dish.

Quick silver: Part of a new generation of Internet-enabled products from Whirlpool, the designer series stainless steel dishwasher with Whisper Quiet Plus sound insulation combines the power of the Internet with functionality, convenience, and a cool contemporary design. Homeowners can press the dishwasher icon on the Web pad to check the clean/dirty status and schedule it to run after they've gone to bed or left for work.

Storage sense: Designed using Merillat's Organomics concept, cabinetry solutions that make rooms more functional and efficient, the Amera Spencer Point Maple and Leland Park Cherry cabinets have utility cabinet roll-out racks and trays. The cabinets, components, and accessories were chosen to simplify household tasks and make each room easier to live and work in. A chrome backsplash system is an ideal place to hang whisks, spoons, and other cooking utensils.

Up above: A new beadboard laminate ceiling from Armstrong mixes easily with walnut-stained maple box beams in the kitchen. The Four Seasons planks, also used on the screen porch, are surfaced with a maintenance-free resin. They come in a variety of pre-finished wood grain looks--classic white, beech, warm cherry, and natural maple.

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