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A CHEF’S KITCHEN Homeowners can cook like experienced epicures by borrowing design details from commercial kitchens. From creating a well-run workflow in the kitchen to the use of commercial-grade appliances in homes, culinary upgrades are big “bon vivant” busi- ness, says National Kitchen and Bath As- sociation’s Bill Darcy. “Cooking is a popular pastime, and the kitchen is the hub of the home,” Darcy says. “Professional kitchen elements bring a level of sophistication and a gourmet feeling to a residential space.” When it comes to kitchen design, being on the cooking line is part of a homeowner’s lexicon. Whether there’s a long countertop or a free-standing island, a deliberately designed kitchen is essential to avoid acci- dents involving scalding or sharp items, says Adam Gibson, an NKBA-certified Kitchen and Bath Designer for 20 years. THE ISLAND The days of appliances being tethered to walls are over. A kitchen island can house a second sink, cooktop or dishwasher. Dimensions of a kitchen island should be at least 4-feet-long by at least 2-feet-wide, but are often larger to proportionally fit a kitchen with an open floor plan. “There is a certain amount of show that happens when you’re preparing a meal, especially when entertaining guests,” Gib- son says. “When diners are able to watch chefs in an open restaurant kitchen, people only see the drama of cooking, not the dirty dishes.” To shield guests from spills and splatters, consider a dual-height island with a 42-inch-high raised counter, which com- fortably accommodates stools, and a lower 36-inch-high work counter for stashing dirty dishes. Also, the kitchen island should be surrounded by water sources. In addition to having a second sink for food prepara- tion tasks, many larger kitchens have two 1,000 OFF $ Full House Re-Sided with Vinyl or Cement Siding 919-872-6262 BY MARY G. PEPITONE NcSidingAndWindows.com A family owned and operated company where our goal is your satisfaction. An A+ BBB rated company. dishwashers. “Some homeowners opt for a profession- al sprayer over a deep non-divided sink with a garbage disposal,” Gibson says. “If boiling pasta is something that happens regularly in your home, you might consider a pot filler which is plumbed into the wall above the range.” Gibson says faucets that switch on and off with a touch or waving motion are also becoming more popular in the home kitchen. BRING THE HEAT AND CHILL OUT Elements of professional kitchen design are overlapping into the residential sector, and that is no more evident than in the appliances people buy. “High-grade ranges adapted for residential use take many de- sign cues from commercial-grade ranges,” Darcy says. “Many designers are including built-in double ovens, freestanding rang- es and tower wine storage in residential kitchens.” Creating beautiful rooms SINCE 1939 Where Custom Furniture is our Specialty Custom Interior Design Services Available West Raleigh 5425 Hillsborough Street 919-851-0680 North Raleigh 5640 Capital Boulevard 919-954-0025 Monday through Friday 10-6 • Saturday 10-5:30 • Closed Sunday 16 Remodelers Home Tour 2017 remodelershometour.com