By Lacey N. Howard
September 27, 2005
Jean Allsopp

“I wanted the kitchen to look as though it had evolved over time,“ Gerrie says. She, Susan, Debbie, and Allyson teamed with Falls Church, Virginia, kitchen designer Dee David to craft a new, custom space with an old feel. To accomplish this visually, they chose frameless cabinets with updated Shaker-style doors in two hues―enamel-glazed latté above, and toffee-stained cherry below. Dishes and dry goods fill glass-front cabinets and acrylic-front drawers.

To contrast the antique look, modern stainless steel appliances are strategically placed in what Dee calls "centers" around the room. In the cooking center, a professional-style, 48-inch gas range with a convection oven, griddle, and six burners stands just across from a warming drawer. Its moisture-control feature keeps food at the right degree of crispness. A built-in refrigerator's temperature-management system ensures food stays fresh longer. For storing large items, its shelves adjust with the turn of a handle. Under the island countertop, a built-in 30-inch microwave with stainless interior and drop-down door is conveniently sited for heating leftovers or defrosting meals. When dinner is served, an intercom system installed near the pantry calls everyone to the buffet line. After supper, the dishwasher and sink serve as the clean-up center. The pair makes straightening prep areas and the cooking center a breeze.

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