The top priority for these homeowners was the kitchen. Designers Tom Trzcinski and Emily Miller of Kitchen & Bath Concepts in Pittsburgh, PA were selected and challenged in creating a room layout that blended aesthetically with the rest of the house, while meeting all the functional requirements of the homeowners.
Functional design starts with good traffic flow, which was achieved with a buffet positioned on the back of the island that adjoins the family room. An informal bar area, with its own refrigerator and icemaker drawers, keep the bartender near guests and out of the cooks’ way. If something is needed from the kitchen, there is easy access to the main refrigerator, which is clad in an armoire comprised of Flat Cut Alder and Quartered Fiddleback Anegre woods. Spanning the refrigerator doors and drawers, an organic branch-shaped handle is a true work of art.
Coppery flecks in the black granite countertops compliment the honey-finished mahogany cabinets. The exhaust hood is disguised as an arts and crafts style arch, and a unique backlit backsplash of green rippled glass creates a faux waterfall, adding a soothing breath of coolness into the warm, earth-toned space.