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The Universal Design Kitchen addresses the needs of multigenerational households. The design of the space and the selection of products incorporate planning for aging-in-place and variations in physical and cognitive abilities.

The Café Series Appliances by GE Appliances were specified throughout the various centers in the kitchen and frameless, walnut Plain and Fancy Cabinets include many universal design storage ideas, including drawer storage, pulldown shelves, pullouts, and open shelves. Cabinet hardware is by Liberty Hardware. The soapstone countertop throughout the kitchen is by Alberine, and the coordinating backsplash is by M S International. The cork flooring, provided by ProSource, is comfortable on the legs and back while cooking.

The main stainless steel clean-up and prep Profile sink by Kohler has racks to provide an adjustable depth for different users. The Karbon faucet, also by Kohler, is adjustable and stylish. A trash and recycling base cabinet opens with a touch using a Servo-Drive by Blum. The French door refrigerator has a Keurig coffee dispenser, as well as ice and water dispensers. The French-door oven is accessible to most users, and the warming drawer is easy to reach.

The center island includes an induction cooktop with a downdraft ventilation system, and Mockett popup outlets. The cream porcelain countertop, Dekton by Cosentino, provides good visual contrasting work surface. The waterfall design makes a statement.

A secondary work area provides flexibility and accessibility. The secondary sink in a lowered counter with American Disabilities Act–compliant apron is shallow and includes an electronic Kohler faucet. The Advantium speed cook appliance, a beverage center, and an 18-inch dishwasher are all housed within raised cabinets.

The Loft Kitchen is inspired by a multifamily lifestyle and includes many ecofriendly appliances and accessories. Energy Star Appliances by GE Appliances were used throughout the design. The range includes a second small oven that is more energy efficient. The sustainable cabinets by Advanta qualify for LEED credits. The countertops are ECO by Cosentino and are made from recycled glass, mirrors, porcelain, earthenware, and vitrified ash. The single bowl sink by Kohler was created with a multifamily household in mind and is scratch resistant. The Novona Luna backsplash porcelain tile by MSInternational is Greenguard Indoor Air Quality Certified® and enhances the brightness of the kitchen. The kitchen uses LED lights throughout. 


The Gourmet Kitchen provides a warm environment for this professional kitchen. The custom cabinets by Plain and Fancy are constructed of two woods — maple finished in Vanilla Bean with chocolate piping and cherry. Knobs and pulls are from Liberty Hardware. The engineered stone counter by CaesarStone is accented with a mosaic backsplash of stone tiles by Ann Sacks. The engineered stone tile floor is also by Ann Sacks. An extra-large single bowl Kohler under-mount stainless steel sink and pullout spray faucet add to the professional look.

The Wolf dual-fuel range with grill and custom hood, along with the stainless-steel bottom mount refrigerator by SubZero, underscore the kitchen’s design for serious gourmet cooks. A Wolf 18,000 BTU multifunction burner accommodates woks and large pots, and the Wolf induction dual element module provides the efficiency, safety, and excellent control of induction technology. A downdraft elevator vent by Wolf disposes of unwanted moisture and odors. All-Clad’s stainless-steel cookware provides the ultimate in cooking efficiency and heat distribution for the induction technology, as well as other heat sources.

The Insight Microwave Drawer by Sharp Electronics provides microwave cooking convenience by placing the microwave cooking in a drawer just below the counter. InSinkErator’s hot and filtered water unit delivers at high volume for the household’s drinking and cooking needs. Kitchen cleanup is easy when using the drawer dishwashers by KitchenAid. Use one drawer for a small load or both drawers for larger meals or when entertaining. A batch-feed disposer by InSinkErator assists with cleanup.

The Outpost Kitchen, also known as an auxiliary kitchen or morning kitchen, is a small kitchen equipped to handle a minimal number of food preparation needs. Often located in mother-in-law suites, master bedroom suites, family rooms, or offices, this downsized kitchen contains smaller appliances and fixtures that fit a household’s needs for that particular space.

The Outpost Kitchen, finished in Colonial Cherry cabinetry by CWP Cabinetry, contains a Hawaiian Green granite countertop from Massanutten Marble and Granite Company. Drinks and select food items can be stored in the under-counter Sub-Zero refrigerator, which  includes a small frozen food area and ice maker. Morning coffee is prepared with the capsule style built-in coffee system by Miele. A Spacesaver microwave oven by GE Appliances fits perfectly into the space.

In an area near the Outpost Kitchen is a wall of matching cherry cabinets by CWP Cabinetry that contains book storage for the center’s library and other enclosed storage. Two pantry units, one a pullout wire basket system and the other foldout storage shelves behind a cabinet door, provide visitors and students with examples of pantry storage.


The Contemporary Kitchen represents the high-end urban kitchen. It is small in scale, allowing it to fit nicely into the smaller spaces of urban living. The kitchen’s rich wood-toned cabinets from Les Care, granite countertop, and tile backsplash by Ann Sacks Tile provide an interesting texture for the space. The black appliances by Dacor, Sub-Zero, and Bosch and the black sink by Kohler enhance the kitchen’s sleek appearance.

The oak cabinets by Merillat in the Traditional Kitchen feature glass mullion doors, a plate rack, an appliance garage, and other interesting storage accessories. The laminate counter by Wilsonart has an accent trim on the front edge of the counter and on the backsplash. The sink and faucet are by Sterling Plumbing Group; the sink is made of a composite material.

Stainless-steel appliances by KitchenAid give a professional look to the kitchen. The three-door refrigerator has a bottom freezer. Also included are a slide-in range with sealed gas burners, a dishwasher, and an over-the-range combination speed cook oven and ventilation system. This speed cook oven uses microwave energy and the Ultima Cook feature. A continuous feed disposer and a hot water dispenser by InSinkErator are incorporated into the sink.

traditional kitchen

The Cheever Design Library, designed by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, and installed by Giorgi Kitchens and Designs, uses a combination of dramatic glazed black and warm grey oak cabinets by Plain and Fancy to create flexible storage for books and files. The sleek metal frame cabinets highlight the wall of specialized pantry cabinets with counter space centered in a symmetrical design. The back wall is finished in a aborigine shade of purple. Four different styles of decorative hardware from Hafele Americas adds detail to the tailored space.

The desk area also highlights storage with a variety of drawers and cabinets. The Corian® Quartz Calacatta Natura countertops blend the colors of the cabinets with a marble stone inspired quartz surfacing material. Armstrong tile, provided by DeHart Tile and Company, blends the colors of the cabinet and tiles to unify the space. Hafele lighting and hardware complete the space.