Kitchens are the heart of the home, no question about it.  The kitchen is where the family gathers—not just to make food, but to talk, play games, celebrate holidays and much more.

This particular kitchen is in a home I built in Salem, Oregon. It garnered many positive reviews. The island is custom designed from 100-year old timber. Open shelving below makes pot and pan storage a breeze. The green cabinet color is hand-mixed and hand-applied to appear distressed. We also installed a true French stove (La Cornue) for the chef of the family. I can’t cook worth a darn, but I love the food that comes off that thing!

The best kitchens aren’t necessarily the biggest. It certainly doesn’t have to be as big as the family room. A great kitchen focuses on function first and appeal a close second.

Let me know your must-haves in the kitchen of your dreams.

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