Challenge Design a spacious-but-functional kitchen in a new-construction home.
Solution Create a close work triangle connecting the sink, range, and refrigerator by building the range into a central island—which also features drawers and a coordinated granite countertop.
Results The finished kitchen offers maximum functionality wrapped in a balanced, unified design: The built-in refrigerator/appliance garage offsets the built-in pantry/bookcase. A colorful wraparound tile backsplash fluidly ties it all together as it enhances the room’s warm hues.
We finished the island in Barnyard stain, adding diversity to the color scheme and anchoring the kitchen.