NAME: Dream Kitchen for Two Chefs
PROJECT TYPE: Kitchen Renovation
LOCATION: Short Hills, New Jersey
SERVICES: Architecture, Design, Detailing, Construction Contract Administration


The Clients – two passionate chefs. The Commission – to help them design the perfect Kitchen in which to prepare myriad delectable dishes that they love to plan and execute. The Main Requirements – enough storage to accommodate countless spices, cooking equipment and implements; lots of natural light; and a traditional and detailed, but not overdone design.

We nearly doubled the size of the original galley kitchen by pushing out toward the backyard; laid out the appliances so as to maximize efficiency and work surface area; and designed custom built pull-outs for spice jars, and storage for special cookware, small appliances, cutlery and utensils.

The inspiration for the cabinetry design was the Clients’ impeccable selections of appliances and finishes, and their request for tasteful, simple detailing. The focal point, the heart of this Kitchen, is the beautiful porcelain French stove and custom-designed hood cover. Leaded glass panels in the coffered ceiling add charm and hide roof skylights included in the design to maximize natural light. The large island with porcelain farm sink offers the Clients ample work surface as well as informal seating. A desk / hutch cabinet provides a “central control station” for the family’s activities, as well as storage for the Clients’ formal dishes and stemware.

Other improvements included a much-needed Walk-In Pantry achieved by enclosing an existing side porch, and enhanced flow between the Kitchen and Family Room. We accomplished this by removing an existing column and beam which previously blocked the physical and visual connection between the two spaces.

We are delighted with the transformation of the original little galley into our Clients’ dream Kitchen … and our Clients are thrilled that their new Kitchen has cut in half their time spent in marathon cooking sessions on the weekends!