Two islands and an architectural pot rack with lighting add personality to a big white kitchen
In a kitchen designed to show what high quality cabinets can provide, a large pot rack with integral lighting steals the show. The giant pot rack, suspended over the main island, includes three pendant lights in the framework. This makes for easy equipment storage, solves task lighting issues and — given a high-enough ceiling — adds an interesting architectural element with molding at the top.
The kitchen is constructed on two walls of traditional Victorian-inspired white cabinetry — one showcases the range. Crown Point Barnstead perimeter cabinets also have popular bin pulls and latches. Soffit cabinets on the range wall help conceal the vent hood and act like paneling on an awkward strip above the main kitchen wall. The second wall of cabinets functions as an extended storage hutch for dishes and glassware with serving space.
Added to this are a pair of islands. The main working island is across the aisle from the range. That houses the main sink and has handy open shelving on one end. It also contains a a strip of baseboard heat unit near the base. A second island is strictly dedicated to prep work and serving. That’s adjacent to the seating area and contains a small sink, microwave, wine refrigerator and dishwasher drawers, making it functional and accessible to the dish- and glassware storage in the hutch. Task lighting beneath upper cabinets all around the kitchen is a wonderful feature that makes every inch of counter space fully functional.
The two islands in this kitchen create a figure eight traffic pattern but the traditional workspace is respected (the refrigerator sits in the far corner adjacent to the window). Still, this plan requires a lot of running around.
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