“Full of good ideas,” said the 2013 Watermark Awards jury of this galley kitchen, complimenting its smart design for a narrow space and hard-working island.
The handsome wood detailing could have been overbearing but steers clear of being heavy-handed and simply looks warm. It’s sleek, too, thanks to semi-circular pull-holes that stand in for cabinet hardware.
The remodeled kitchen is an update of an outdated space that was cut off from the rest of the house. Designed for a young mom who’s a serious food blogger and avid entertainer, the room was conceived for testing recipes and throwing dinner parties. Because it’s too narrow for a standard-width island and standard wall cabinetry didn’t suit the dimensions, architect Leslie Lamarre went with a galley setup and tall cabinets.
The room’s main workspace is set between a window wall and a 30-inch-wide island that includes a four-burner gas cooktop, quartz and walnut counters, and a roll-away component that also serves as a table for kids and guests.
Below-counter shelves ensure that important cookbooks are close at hand. A desk is set to the left of the dishwasher, adjacent to the sitting area; it’s concealed by cabinetry when it’s not in use. A tall wine cellar stashes bottles, and an arched pass-through to the dining room makes serving dinner a breeze.