lake view This waterfront kitchen gives its cook the best view in the house. by mindy pantiel photography by michael partenio produced by anna molvik kitchen renovation 24 r e n o v a t i o n s t y l e w i n t e r 2 0 0 8 ISLAND IDEAL cThe design o 8 an island is very important to the look o 8 a kitchen. I didn 9t want this big huge island without any details, d homeowner and architect Suzanne Sowinski says.
She created a culinary centerpiece that is both good-looking and 8unctional. Here 9s what makes Suzanne 9s island per 8ect 8or her: Scale. A shaped marble top and 8urniture-style legs mitigate the size o 8 a big island.
cI thought about incorporating the columns into the island, but it was more visually pleasing to have them next to it, d Suzanne says. Size. The island had to accommodate three hungry teens snacking on one side and a mom preparing dinner on the other.
Storage. Cookbooks, magazines, and laptop computers get stowed in the drawer and cabinet at the end o 8 the island. cI wanted it to be tidy, and having a place ... more. less.
to stash things really helps, d Suzanne says.<br><br> Tra 0 c fow. Wide pathways around the island encourage guests to stay out o 8 the main cooking and 8ood prep zone. Extras.<br><br> A two-part sink, a second oven, a microwave, and undersink trash and recycling bins contribute to smooth kitchen operations. kitchen renovation Find more island design ideas at RemodelingCenter.com/renstyle \x2 suzanne sowinski and richard sullivan knew that if they didn 9 t like the results of their kitchen renovation , they had nobody to blame but themselves. Partners in an architectural rm and parents o f teenage triplets, the couple purchased a 60-year-old old Colonial with commanding views o f New Jersey 9s Lake Mohawk.<br><br> They planned to in fuse the dated structure with new charm while meeting the needs o f a busy family o f ve. cAt rst we thought we 9d do a typical Lake Mohawk-style house, d Suzanne says, re ferring to the fanci ful Tudors developed around the lake in the 1920s. cBut then we decided on something entirely di f ferent. d Instead o f heavy timbers and decorative brick, the Dutch Colonial renovation she and her husband designed includes shin- gles and a curved gambrel roo f on the exterior and Doric columns, beveled page 24: A round table and contoured country French chairs so 8ten the edges o 8 the break 8ast nook.<br><br> The trim details in the window seat are similar to those in the rest o 8 the house. left : The high- 8unctioning island 8eatures a shaped marble top. above : A porcelain 8arm sink 8orms the core o 8 the cleanup zone.<br><br> Homeowner Suzanne Sowinski inherited the vintage stained-glass window 8rom her mother. \x3 be 0ore r e n o v a t i o n s t y l e w i n t e r 2 0 0 8 27 crown moldings, and deep baseboards in the kitchen. cThe Dutch Colonial is an elegant derivative o f the Colonial, which by its use has become associated with water front houses, d she says.<br><br> Suzanne the architect recognized the importance o f the lake views and drew plans to bring the vista inside. cThere 9s a see-through staircase that allows glimpses o f water, and you see more o f the view from the dining room, but it 9s not until you enter the kitchen that you get the full impact o f the lake, d she says. Suzanne the homeowner wanted an island with a sink centered on that vista.<br><br> cIt was a key priority because I do the cooking, d she says, pointing out the custom picture windows that maximize her view. cThe island also has a second oven, extra storage, and is large enough for three counter stools so the triplets can hang out there. d It 9s just 4 feet from the island to the cooking alcove that houses a four-burner stove with a grid- dle 4a must-have for making grilled cheese sandwiches and other goodies in triplicate. The stove is fanked by tall cabinets lled with spices and lower cabinets that open to reveal drawers for pots and pans.<br><br> The door and drawer pro les, hammered black metal pulls, and other details are based on true Colonial top left : A second oven and a microwave are housed in the island. The re 8rigerator is topped with panels to blend with surrounding cabinetry. top middle : The living and dining rooms, the latter with a table that seats 12, were placed adjacent to the kitchen and close to the lake views.<br><br> Radiant heat under oak foors makes rugs unnecessary. top right : Space-saving pocket doors fank the butler 9s pantry and slide back to reveal a walk-in 8ood pantry on one side and a powder room on the other. \x3 kitchen renovation be 0ore be 0ore kitchen 10 × 13 dining 9 × 13 bath 7 × 7 enclosed porch 31 × 12 bedroom up dn dw r living a 0ter kitchen 17 × 16 living dining pantry 7 × 9 butler 9 s pantry 7 × 9 pwdr 3 × 9 garage dn dn dw mw o r 28 r e n o v a t i o n s t y l e w i n t e r 2 0 0 8 style.<br><br> cThe stove backplash is marble subway tiles that were custom cut, and we used beaded board everywhere else, d Suzanne says. While Suzanne handles the culi- nary duties, Richard oversees cleanup using a porcelain farm sink adjacent to the dishwasher. Because o f their home 9s proxim - ity to neighbors, the couple placed the sink zone on a mostly windowless wall.<br><br> But glass- front cabinets give the area an open feel and refect light from the corner windows. cI de nitely didn 9t want an entire wall o f wood, and the glass fronts provide a di f ferent visual experience, d Suzanne says. Beveled crown molding used elsewhere in the house repeats in the kitchen.<br><br> cThe whole house has moldings to bring down the scale o f the spaces and to make things cozier, but I didn 9t want the kitchen to be white like the rest o f the house, d Suzanne says. Instead, she chose an uncharacter- istic color for her 4powder blue. cI am not a blue person at all, d she says.<br><br> cBut when I looked at the brightness o f the lake and the refections o f the water, it just seemed like the obvious choice. d n Architects: Suzanne Sowinski and Richard Sullivan, Sowinski Sullivan Architects Contractor: T.M. Brennan Contractors, Inc. For more in 8ormation, see Resources on page 116.<br><br> left : Suzanne and her husband, Richard Sullivan, included a Dutch Colonial- inspired mansard roo 8 with two peaks on their lakeside home to add shape and character. kitchen renovation be 0ore 30 r e n o v a t i o n s t y l e w i n t e r 2 0 0 8