The owners of a 17-year-old Rockville home approached kitchen designer Hedy Shashaani to overhaul their large but inefficient kitchen. Down-draft ventilation on the island cooktop was not up to par for the wife, who loves to cook and entertain. She wanted more room to spread out on a larger island for both food preparation and serving, as well as more storage for her kitchenware and small appliances.
In addition to the range’s one and a half ovens, a Miele speed oven provides backup, installed in a wall of cabinets under a built-in Miele espresso machine. By reducing the depth of this cabinet wall, Shashaani created more space for a new nine-by-five-foot island.
“They were after a classic look, but not overly traditional,” says Shashaani. The island is fashioned from dark wood to match the newly stained floors; it’s topped by quartzite with a beveled edge. Chocolaty brown granite tops the surrounding Elmwood cabinets finished in Warm Concrete with an Oyster glaze. Lightly crackled backsplash tile adds shimmery contrast.