First Friday Feature: Never Too Old To Cook

If we’ve never expressed this before, we absolutely love to remodel kitchens for those who love to cook. With one of our owners being a hobby chef who cooks for America’s Test Kitchen and another who can grill out like a pro, we are no strangers to cooking. That being said, a lot of our homeowners also enjoy cooking, and we love them for it! For today’s feature kitchen, we are showcasing a small condo space with a lot of heart. This homeowner got back into cooking and started to realize his current kitchen just wasn’t up to snuff. As the creator of the blog “Never 2 Old to Start Cooking” we knew we had to create the perfect space that would hold up for all of his recipes. He showed us that cooking is truly a sport for all ages, and anyone can have fun doing it!

Cabinetry and Hardware

We went with a tuxedo look in this feature kitchen. This means the base cabinets are a different color than the wall cabinets. We used Ultracraft Cabinetry in two different materials and door styles. The base cabinets have the Plainview door (a modern shaker style) in Maple painted Black. The wall cabinets are the Metropolis (slab) door in Silver Elm Melamine. To dress up the cabinets, we used Atlas Thin Square Pulls in a Champagne finish.

Counter and Splash

Counters were very important to this cook. They needed to be stain and scratch-resistant and be very easy to maintain. Quartz was the perfect material! We installed Caesarstone’s Satatuario Maximus in a 2cm thickness – a thinner and more contemporary look than the 3cm you normally see. The backsplash perfectly complimented everything in a basic white finish. You are seeing a 6×16 subway from the Daltile Annapolis collection in their Sail Matter finish. We went with an oversized subway tile to reduce grout lines. These lighter colors also allowed the cabinets to really shine and take center stage.

Plumbing and Appliances

The plumbing was pretty straight forward. A Blanco Valea single bowl in white Silgranit is installed under a Delta Trinsic Faucet in Champagne Bronze. The appliances are a little more fun. You may be looking at this feature kitchen and wondering where half of them are! The main focus is the range: a 30″ Wolf stainless steel range with induction cooking. For those that don’t know, induction cooking is a favorite among chefs, offering you the most precise heating elements, and the fastest boiling times! The vent hood is the “Glassy” from Faber. As the name indicates, there is a glass bottom – another way to lighten up the space. The other appliances are harder to see: two SubZero 24″ undercounter refrigerator/freezer units, and the Cove dishwasher. Scroll down to learn about these…

Feature Kitchen Details

In the image below you can actually see the two refrigerator/freezers and the dishwasher. But where? They are all covered with cabinet panels to hide as much of the stainless as possible, and make this small space feel bigger. The two under-counter refrigerator/freezers are located under the counter sitting cabinets to act as an entire food storage station. The under-counter units also open up this small space significantly. Living close to the heart of Dallas, our homeowner goes fresh food shopping often and doesn’t need storage for an entire family. The dishwasher is at the end of the sink run (bottom right in the picture below) and also paneled. Our other favorite design element in this feature kitchen is the seemingly floating counter at the window. To gain some additional counter space – and a place to sit two stools as needed – we had the counter run in front of these windows to create a unique and multi-functional space.

Want to see more of this kitchen in action? Feel free to follow @never2old2cook on Instagram for all of your #foodinspo for the weekend! Also check out some of most recent features: an entertainer’s dream home, and these contemporary Tudor bathrooms.