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A Family-Centered Gourmet Kitchen
Jun 23, 2017

A Family-Centered Gourmet Kitchen

When retired couple Bill and Gloria Hayes decided to upgrade their boring, builder grade kitchen into a gourmet, kid friendly retreat their goal was luxury and style.

When Bill and Gloria Hayes decided to retire, they wanted a place where their extended family would to love to stay and visit. When picturing their summer days waterskiing, fishing off the dock and kayaking at sunset, a lake house made perfect sense.


The Hayeses purchased a three story home with 10-foot ceilings, an open floor plan on lakefront property that was small enough for them to live in year round, but large enough for entertaining. "My son's kids drop by after school and my out-of-town daughter will stay three weeks, so the house needed to accommodate different scenarios and families," says Gloria.

Unfortunately, the house had a boring builder-grade kitchen that Gloria instantly disliked. "Let's face it, it was a cheap-looking kitchen for such a nice house," says Gloria. "There was no easy fix; only drastic measures."

There was an eat-in bar, but it was too short to fit more than three people comfortably. The bar encroached on the living area, and the stools impeded traffic if they weren't pushed in all the way. The cook top had only four burners and did not have proper ventilation for cooking fumes.

The sink was chipped and the faucet was very low quality. As for the cabinets, while functional, they were inadequate for Gloria's small appliances and fine china collection. One of Gloria's favorite things is having a pantry and this kitchen had none. The lack of style, however, was the most obvious flaw.


No strangers to remodeling, Gloria and Bill saw huge potential behind the basic appliances and boring laminate countertops. Having renovated and built four other homes, they knew exactly what they wanted. Bill is a vegetarian, who likes to cook his own meals. So, they are usually both in the kitchen at the same time, but doing separate things.

This meant creating a kitchen with plenty of counter space for two cooks but separating the cooking appliances to alleviate bumping into each other. During the holidays, they wanted space for all visiting grandkids to be able to eat in the kitchen while the grownups ate in the dining room. Gloria loves the elegant look of traditional styling, but mixed with modern touches.

Bill and Gloria called kitchen designer, Karen Kettler, of Metropolitan Builders to help bring their concept to life. Karen started space planning and noticed immediately that the windows were not symmetrical to the space. A traditional rectangular island wouldn't work because it would never line up properly. "That is when we came up with a shape that I call "The Boot!" Karen laughs.

The unusually shaped island solved the problem and includes an eat-in bar area, large under-mount sink, dishwasher, trashcans, a bookshelf for cookbooks and a food prep area opposite the range.

"Because the kitchen opens up to the family room, it had to be both sophisticated and understated," says Karen. "Gloria likes high style, clean lines and rich finishes." When Gloria and Bill settled on Brazilian Mascarelo granite for the countertops, she built the rest of the kitchen's color palette around the stone. The granite, which has dramatic streaks of browns, burnt orange, yellow and gray with specks of copper, glows against maple cabinetry.

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