October 3, 2017

Clarke’s Top 10 Monthly Kitchens


At Clarke, we are always interested to see the innovative use of Sub-Zero, Wolf and ASKO, whether they are brought front and center with gleaming stainless, signature red knobs and multiple ovens or deftly integrated behind surfaces that make the appliances disappear into a room that is more furniture than traditional kitchen. We love how designers are embracing customized refrigeration configurations, multiple ovens (steam, convection, microwave), countertop modules and more. Take a look at our top picks this month…

Principal Peter Bargende and Kitchen Designer Emily Levitt of Faneuil Kitchen Cabinet designed this kitchen for a North Carolina family who relocated to Wellesley. Interior decorators Katy Wallace and Tricia Wynn helped the clients choose a traditional white painted cabinet style with white marble. Floating shelves to either side of the custom vent hood bring a lighter touch to the traditional kitchen, and bring an opportunity to display everything from kids’ artwork to seasonal decor. The clients love Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, and especially enjoy the built-in Coffee System and Undercounter Refrigeration in the beverage bar.

Who says a kitchen has to be indoors in New England? While the photo seems like a trick of the eye, this custom kitchen is actually open to the elements and outfitted with a Wolf Outdoor Grill. Jennifer Stuart of Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops created this spectacular entertainment space and reflected the Nantucket waterfront aesthetic with Fantasy Brown countertops and full-height backsplash. An exquisite

Located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, this large transitional kitchen offers many surprises and many gorgeous design features from Claudette Andrew of Westborough Design Center. To start, what more could a family of six need? The Sub-Zero 36″ all refrigerator and all freezer columns fit their needs perfectly. In addition, the luxury appliance kit wouldn’t be completely without Wolf’s warming drawer, hidden behind a custom panel, a Wolf induction cooktop, ventilation and single oven. Top it all off with a health- conscious cooking tool: Wolf’s Convection Steam Oven. This space allows for two islands: the working/prep island and the hang out area, used for eating, homework and a game of cards. Nearby, but not in the work zone, is a custom bar area followed by an abundance of pantry storage. Natural light is beaming through the large arched window over the sink into the kitchen and seating area just beyond. What a wonderful place to create memories and enjoy life.

This Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center project updated the kitchen in a town house alongside a South Shore golf course. The clients are both high level professionals and entertaining at a formal level was a must. With a family expanding with grandchildren, they wanted to incorporate the divided areas to create a grander feel to the space. They also wanted to connect the formal living room, dining room and kitchen visually and aesthetically. The Sub-Zero Refrigerator was laid out to act as a “third return wall,” with paneling on all sides including the rear. The cabinetry continued into a cozy breakfast nook with flanking storage, which then continued into the sunroom as one consistent run to maximize use of wall space. The distinctive island houses a prep sink, Wolf Convection Steam Oven and storage. A beautiful walnut grain was chosen for the island and a newly created bar and entertainment center, to enhance the formality of the space.

Linda Kochman from Kochman Reidt + Haigh describes the journey she took with her client as “from dark and gloomy to open and airy.” She helped them transform a space where nobody wanted to be into the family gathering place they imagined. They introduced five key design elements: light (from expansive new windows), a walk-in pantry, glass shelving, Moroccan tiles with a soft-white reflective glaze and simple surfaces. The simple cabinet design increased the openness without changing the dimension of the kitchen. The stainless steel Wolf Range and Hood are a handsome focal point in this open and airy space.

This brownstone open concept kitchen in the South End is from Mary Norris at Topnotch Design Studio in South Easton, MA. It features an L-shape kitchen with an island and tall pantry. This urban transitional kitchen displays Signature flush inset shaker door cabinets in Benjamin Moore Decorators White & Hale Navy paint. The island is marble Calcutta Lincoln by Rock Solid. It also has a built-in dishwasher with matching wood panel front in Hale Navy paint with column end matching outlet covers. The backsplash shows off the original brick wall from this 1890’s brownstone. It is nicely accented by Sub-Zero and Wolf stainless steel appliances (with Wolf’s iconic red knobs adding a distinctive touch) and an under mount Shaw white farmers sink.

Melissa Hammond brings us this simply inviting kitchen. The 35′ x 16′ renovation turned a dark, family unfriendly kitchen with a tiny kitchen island into a bright, cheery place where the whole family can gather in the heart of the home. Hammond Design added a large kitchen island with seating for six featuring a gorgeous, warm, Fantasy Brown countertop. A tile feature wall over the Wolf range makes it a wonderful focal point. Ceiling height upper cabinets add extra storage space. Sub-Zero appliances complete the luxury kitchen.

It was an absolute pleasure for Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center to collaborate with the homeowners and architect Scott Grady on this project. From start to finish, no leaf was left unturned in this historic building in the North End of Boston. Once the Prince Macaroni Company pasta factory, the condominium overlooks Boston Harbor from the top floor of the building. These empty nest clients wanted to maximize the kitchen footprint without compromising the flow of the unit. Their goal was to elevate the view overlooking Boston Harbor, while allowing for a large enough space for the couple to entertain their family for holiday gatherings. Since the couple was familiar with a more traditional New England home, Judy wanted to be certain the updated sleek and modern look they were aiming to achieve in the space, still felt warm and inviting. As in most homes in the North End, space is always a limitation. Judy wanted to fashion different locations throughout that feel both separate and collective at the same time. One challenge was to fit the client’s appliance wish list into the space. While they had previously had a very traditonal New England aesthetic, here they wanted a clean, paired down, modern space for this new chapter in their life. No one element dominates another, and the Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances gives the sophistication the space deserves.

John Fecke of The Kitchen Company designed this kitchen for an historic cottage renovation in Madison, Connecticut. The kitchen design opened the floor plan to allow for an unobstructed ocean view from nearly anywhere on the first floor. The layout not only makes the kitchen seem larger within the existing space, but also also more welcoming and family-oriented. Cabinetry is Wood-Mode custom inset in a Nordic White paint finish. The island features a seating area with beautiful walnut cabinets in Wall Street special finish. The richness of the island cabinets is contrasted by Calcutta Gold marble countertops while dark marble tops, accented by a light marble tile backsplash, make the crisp, white cabinets pop. Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Wine Storage, along with a Wolf Gas Range complete the picture.

Claudette Andrew of Westborough Design Center created a modern industrial look in this small kitchen by employing dark greys, stainless steel and light stone surfaces. It is an example of packing high performance and high style in a compact space. Sub-Zero refrigeration is clad in modern grey cabinetry with a high-gloss finish, while the Wolf wall ovens and range offer a cook’s delight in handsome stainless. The custom-made steel hood provides not only a focal point, but also superior ventilation for the professional-style range. The island, with its waterfall edge and steel stools offers a perfect spot for eating or talking to the cook while food prep is going on.