Home Style Magazine
Photo by Mike Feury
When it came to designing the kitchen in Kent and Linda Holden's new home in Stowe, the couple was looking, says Kent, "for a top quality, professional style." The Holdens, along with their 15 year old son, love to host get-togethers, so they needed plenty of work space, a top of the line stove and all the modern elements of today. They turned to Tom Moore Builder, Inc. of Underhill and what they got was "a beautiful kitchen with exquisite cabinets and a 6-burner Wolfe cooktop with a dynamite grill," says Kent.
The European style of the kitchen features a mix of glass-fronted and Certified Vermont Cherry wood cabinets that include wood inlays underneath as well as cherry panels on the major appliances. The glass-fronted cabinets are lighted and resemble china cabinets with glass shelves to showcase the owners' collection of china and crystal. Under cabinet lighting was installed in all the work areas further enhancing the wood and brightening up the space, while the unique handles and pulls from Close To Home add personality and charm. Granite countertops enhance the kitchen's good looks while complimenting the color and beauty of the wood. "We wanted granite for the countertops," explains Kent, "because of its durability and the different variations of color you can get."
A granite countertop also adorns the main attraction of this kitchen, a large, 10-foot long island in the center. It includes a prep sink at one end and a wine cooler at the other. It also features an icemaker, extra drawer pace, a 48" Wolfe cooktop, a Euro style vent hood, and plenty of counter space, allowing all the cooks to be in the kitchen at once.
The extensive storage of this dream kitchen includes a separate spice drawer, divided utensil drawer, deep drawers for pots and pans or large serving pieces, several pull-out shelves, and two end-of-the-island trash and recycle bins.
The open layout to the dining room and living room make it an excellent space for parties, and although it's quite a large area, it's a very comfortable and functional kitchen, pleasing even the most discriminating tastes.