USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 92

Garden party Designed for a family who love to entertain, the kitchen in this Federal-style townhouse opens to a greenhouse dining room that overlooks a leafy garden Manhattan townhouses built in the 19th century typically have the kitchen positioned below the living area on the garden floor, where it can open to the outdoors. This arrangement did not suit the owners of this rebuilt townhouse, however. They love to entertain and wanted a large open-plan living space where they could cook and relax all on one level. 90 Architect Jane Sachs of HS2 Architecture, who was commissioned to design the extensive rebuild, says this didn’t mean the garden needed to be sacrificed however. “On the contrary, we were able to create a fully glazed greenhouse dining area overlooking the garden – it is just like a garden room. “We also pushed out part of the kitchen, and introduced search | save | share at 10ft windows and a wide opening to the dining area, so the kitchen is flooded with natural light and sunshine.” The architect designed a large 7ft square island as the main food preparation and serving area. The island also provides extensive storage, including shelving for cookbooks, and has a concealed appliance shelf that can be raised by remote control. White cabinets with a mix of simple panel doors and beadboard help to keep the space light and airy. So, too, do white subway tiles on the backsplash. The white palette also makes a strong contrast to the exposed brick of the building, and the reclaimed brick fireplace positioned on one wall of the kitchen. The fireplace is flanked by symmetrical white cabinets,