Rewind home design about 100 years. Kitchens were an afterthought in the grand plan of a home—a small, walled-off room set aside for cooking meals and doing dishes. Big or small, high-tech or humdrum, the kitchen did its duty. Shut the door!
Nowadays, the kitchen has emerged as the heart and soul of the home. It reflects the way we live, eat, congregate and entertain. With the growing appetite for wide-open interior spaces, today's kitchens not only please the palate, they serve up eye candy as well.
Here are 10 of our favorite Sarasota kitchens. Feast your eyes!
Innovative Island Design on Longboat Key
Home Size: 2,875 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 16x14
We love the innovative island design. Thinking out of the box, this island bends the rules and its shape into an "L". This 90-degree shift adds more surface, more seating, more appliances and more storage to the otherwise linear space. Genius.
Custom Range Hood in Harbor Acres
Home Size: 5,768 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 18x15
We love the range hood. Custom-designed by an interior designer and hand-crafted by metal artisans, the one-of-a-kind, polished-steel kitchen hood has timeless appeal.
Solid-Oak Counters on North Siesta Key
Home Size: 6,088 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 19 x 17
We love the countertops. Hand-made, lime-washed, oven-baked, solid-oak counters by Schlabach Wood Design. Adds the perfect touch of warmth to the ultra-high-end kitchen in this beach-front estate.
Oversize Center Island in Lighthouse Point
Home Size: 9,180 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 20x20
We love the oversize center island. Calling all cooks! There's room for everyone around this multi-function island. It has a stainless prep sink with pull-out faucet and garbage disposal, extra storage and two SubZero refrigerator drawers.
Eclectic Mix of Materials on South Siesta Key
Home Size: 3,632 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 17x13
We love the eclectic mix of materials. Stainless counters, butcher block island, hand-painted ceramic prep sink, tile backsplash, bamboo floor and whitewashed pine ceiling. Put 'em together and what have you got?
Bibbidi, bobbidi, boo. It's magic.
Glass-Panel Refrigerator in Lido Shores
Home Size: 4,062 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 15x12
We love the refrigerator. The full-size, SubZero Pro Series, stainless steel refrigerator with glass-panel door and two adds an industrial, commercial look to this traditional kitchen.
Gorgeous Galley on Bird Key
Home Size: 2,242 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 30x7
We love the gorgeous galley kitchen. 30x7 may seem like an awkward space for a kitchen, but good design rings the bell for this inspired Bird Key galley. Far from long and boring, two-tone cabinetry adds variety, large-scale floor tiles add scale and floral mosaic backsplash adds a bit of whimsy. Dinner is on.
Subtle Symmetry in West of Trail
Home Size: 3,639 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 21x13
We love the subtle symmetry. The balance of this contemporary kitchen creates a feeling of refined stability. The island and range anchor the space framed by white cabinetry and picture window backsplashes for a fresh, modern look.
Cooking Center in Cherokee Park
Home Size: 5,493 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 18x13
We love the cooking center. The center island in this kitchen does one thing, and one thing only. It cooks. Viking, professional gas range with six burners, griddle and two ovens vented by a copper hood. Gather 'round and celebrate the chef.
Extreme Ikea in East of Trail
Home Size: 2,317 sq. ft.
Kitchen Size: 16x11
We love the extreme Ikea. This kitchen combines the modularity and efficiency of Ikea cabinets with custom concrete countertops, wood-look tile accent wall and large casement windows. The look is surprisingly high end.
Peter G. Laughlin
Premier Sotheby’s International Realty