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Make the Kitchen the Center of Attention

Now that their kids were grown up, the couple who bought this antique cape were downsizing—but they still felt their new home needed a bit more space. Ready to expand and remodel, they called on designer Heather Rumore at NuKitchens to create a kitchen perfect for entertaining.

“We were a good fit for each other as we also have a passion for cooking and entertaining, as well as renovating homes to honor vintage architectural character with all of the modern conveniences,” says Rumore.

Making the island the focal point was critical, so they did that not only with color—choosing a custom shade of blue— but also in functionality. “The husband loves to cook and interact with his guests while doing so, therefore it was very important to have the cooktop on the island facing the island seating,” says Rumore. A soffit that mirrors the island in size further defines the space.

The biggest challenge with putting the cooktop on the island was creating the right ventilation without interrupting the sight line. “We recommended, designed and installed the Cirrus system by Best, which mounts flush in the soffit we designed,” says Joseph Najmy, founder of NuKitchens.

The design of the island also draws the eye with end panels that have a unique lattice detail with custom pilasters. That helps give the kitchen a transitional look, which complements the cape cod home, explains Rumore.

All new wide plank white oak flooring has a classic look, as does the navy and white color scheme. The backsplash, window frame, window jamb and sill were done in marble to match the countertop and give it a clean modern look. The gold hardware and lighting elevate the design. When it comes to appliances, the couple chose Sub-Zero and Wolf, including for the refrigerator, which is disguised with panel doors that match the cabinetry.

Seeing pieces in person is also helpful. For instance, the concept for the soffit with lighting is displayed in the store’s showroom and Najmy says it’s one of the reasons he encourages those considering a renovation to “see, feel, touch, try” before they decide what will work best for them.

Photo Credit: Kyle Norton

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