Project Case Study Spotlight on creative, problem-solving kitchens and baths
Craftsman-Inspired Style Puts Cook Center Stage
By Andrea Girolamo of Kitchen & Bath Design in
Newport Beach, CA. He reworked
CATALINA ISLAND, CA — the space to add prep room for the
f there’s one thing Gary White, cook, and made the breakfast nook
CMKBD, is concerned about, it’s an inviting place for visitors to sit
having too many cooks in the and stay out of the cook’s way while
kitchen. being close enough to interact.
White, who describes this
kitchen as “Craftsman in a Tudor PENINSULA PROBLEM
home,” notes his primary concern in The challenge for White was to
every kitchen remodel is ensuring create a stylish, functional kitchen
the cook has enough room to after first addressing the space
operate. Part of that includes concerns inherent with the original
creating a comfortable spot for kitchen’s impractical layout.
guests to relax while keeping them “There was no counter
at a safe remove. large enough for adequate food
“That was hard to get done in preparation or even to set down
this kitchen,” says White, president something hot coming from the
White CMKBD, warm,
Gary White, CMKBD achieved this warm eclectic look through the mixing of
materials and distinctive product choices, such as the curvilinear Blanco pot ﬁller
above the professional-style Dacor range.
Division of space is one of White’s hallmarks; this breakfast nook is close enough to
the action for guests to be able to sit and interact with the cook during meal prep
without getting in the way.
ovens along the rear wall of the says White. Above the range is a
kitchen,” the designer notes as an range hood from Vent-A-Hood, in the
example. company’s Gold Vein finish.
The peninsula was identified as A curvilinear pot filler from
the biggest hindrance to a functional Blanco peeks out of the range’s