February 16, 2017

Introducing Clarke’s Top 10 Monthly Kitchens


Clarke is delighted to collaborate with so many talented architects and designers in New England to create some of the country’s most extraordinary kitchens. This month, our Top 10 Kitchens reflect a breadth of expertise and style that we know you will enjoy.

Designed by Valerie White of White Architects of Monroe, Connecticut, this beautiful kitchen was the final phase for a 19050s home that had been gradually renovated for more than a decade. This project was designed to bring the kitchen/family room area into the 21st Century. Their objective was to design a signature kitchen that was as functional as it was beautiful. They envisioned a pristine white kitchen that would increase light quality, backyard views and openness to the new family room. This final phase of upgrading this home had to be consistent with the luxurious detailing established in earlier renovations.

In this traditional kitchen from MaryAnne Reynolds of Homestead Kitchens of Littleton, Massachusetts, The flow with the surrounding rooms was incredibly important, and by removing a wall between the existing dining room and an existing sun porch, three rooms were combined into one for the new kitchen. This let in natural light from the front and the back of the house. The new Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances were perfect for the client’s style of entertainment, which includes hosting regular book clubs where the food is almost as important as the book! The prep sink on the island and separate baking counter allows for multiple cooks to help in the kitchen at once. The resulting kitchen is perfect for entertaining large groups, but cozy enough for two to enjoy casual dinner at the new table height seating on the island.

Updating an antique home requires respect for the past and vision for the future. This combination allowed Anthony McGahan of South Shore Cabinet & Appliance Center to work with a South Shore homeowner to realize a dream of a more beautiful, functional kitchen. While a Wolf gas range makes a statement in the crisp white kitchen, McGahan tucks lifestyle enhancements like Sub-Zero Wine Storage and a Wolf Convection Steam Oven into this space, adding cutting edge technology that bring this antique far into the 21st Century.

marAs the largest manufacturer of cabinetry and countertops in the Northeast, Metropolitan Cabinets & Countertops brings to life the vision of designers and homeowners from their 85,000-square-foot factory in Norwood, Massachusetts. Jennifer Stuart designed this beautiful two-toned Frosty White and Heathstone Gray kitchen with elements of their ShowHouse Collection. The cabinets are a custom one-inch-thick beaded inset in maple wood. A gleaming Wolf Dual Fuel Range and custom hood make a bold statement in this grand kitchen.

Claudette Andrew of Westborough Design Center does it again with a beautiful traditional kitchen that focuses on giving these busy homeowners their wish list of Wolf Convection Steam Oven, Wall Oven and Rangetop to help them prep their family meals on Sundays for the week ahead. The island, with architectural detail that makes it feel like more of a furniture piece, fits beautifully with the rustic wide pine floors and heavy beams overhead. Integrated refrigeration from Sub-Zero offers efficient food storage and a seamless look. The result is a truly functional kitchen with plenty of room for a family who loves to hang out together.

Award-winning designer Susan Kochanski, CKD created this functional, yet social, kitchen to not only take advantage of the ocean view, but also provide a layout and flow to accommodate multiple cooks and room for entertaining. Tucked inside a beach home that is frequented by multiple guests, the space needed to feel gracious. Kochanski wanted to employ a range with “weight,” though the kitchen is not all that large, so she chose Wolf’s 36″ Gas Range, which creates a large presence in this smaller space. The combination of ample storage, yet open space for cooking and milling about, makes this the perfect place to watch the sun set over the bay.

Veronica Campbell of Connecticut’s Deane Inc. won a Clarke Kitchen Design award for this transformation of a kitchen/family room. Without a wealth of wall space for appliances, this innovative designer tucked the microwave and warming drawer in the island, while locating the Wolf Range within steps of the integrated refrigeration and clean up area. The reflectivity of the metal hood gives a sparkle to the entire room, enriched by a variety of textures and materials including wood, concrete, zinc, glass and stone.

“We wanted to down size without down-grading,” were the words of Rebecca Firdaus’ Nu Kitchen clients when they moved from a 14,000-square-foot Georgian Mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, and chosen to build in downtown, within walking distance to restaurants and all the amenities. They selected beautiful walnut cabinetry for their island and tall units and Rebecca designed a unique sliding marble backsplash to hide spices and house a pot-filler for this home cook. Ten-foot-high ceilings allowed the height for transoms to let the light wash into this grand kitchen.

Light-filled and view-oriented were the watchwords for Architect Peter Jackson’s clients in this seaside renovation. The minimalistic, but warm aesthetic was adeptly accomplished by Jackson by selecting finishes and appliances that allowed for the continuity of the beautiful wood cabinetry and the flow of the Vermont slate countertops. Perfectly integrated Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer drawers and the recessed, flush Wolf electric cooktop and oven below provide the necessary functionality without calling too much attention to themselves.

When Victoria Heydari of Mitchell Construction Group in Medfield, Massachusetts began plans for the kitchen renovation of this 1920s-era Classic Brick Georgian Colonial home, the existing kitchen was tired and dated and not befitting the grace and splendor of this stately home. White custom cabinetry gave the new kitchen a clean and tasteful look, beautifully complimented by a ten-foot walnut island. Clear leaded glass in select cabinetry added to the lightness and elegance of the space. White Caesar-Stone countertops with traces of gray perfectly tied the cabinetry to the marble mosaic back-splash, and porcelain floor tile. The inclusion of a 48″ Wolf Range with red knobs and Warming Drawer and a Sub-Zero Refrigerator and Freezer completed the transformation of this kitchen into an entertainer’s dream.

Congratualtions to those featured in the Top 10 Design Showcase this month.

How do you make the Top 10 Design Showcase?

We invite you to submit as often as you’d like. Your kitchen design submission must incorporate primarily Sub Zero refrigeration and Wolf cooking appliances. You must submit 3-4 high-resolution, professional-quality photos of your completed kitchen project. All submissions must include your company bio or description, as well as a short summary of your design.