The Kitchen That Looks Like The Cook - Functional and Fun
Designers now divide the kitchen into working zones to cater to these different cooks and their helpers. Each zone has its own traffic flow pattern and a full complement of appliances.
The kitchen island is a zone often designed with the main sink, dishwasher, cooktop and refrigerator. But the traditional wall refrigerator no longer has to dominate such space. Sub-Zero's 700 series, for example, has two refrigerated drawers with 5.2 cubic feet of space that fit under the countertop and integrate with the cabinetry. These drawers generally store vegetables and fruit. The series also has an 80-inch-high "tall unit" with a choice of components. "This is ideal for designers who want to completely hide the refrigerator and make the cooktop the focus," said Paul Leuthe, corporate marketing manager at Sub-Zero.
Integrated open-plan kitchens pose a design challenge, too: how to prevent the accumulation of grease and the spread of odors to the adjoining family or breakfast room from the new, powerful commercial ranges? Designers tend to place these ranges on the back wall with powerful range hoods and fan systems venting at 1,500 cubic feet per minute. Increas-ingly, kitchen designers will use a ventilation system powered by a remote motor placed outside the house for a quieter kitchen, according to kitchen designer Peterson.