A Recipe for Change

Homeowners trade contemporary design for traditional Tuscan

When the current homeowners of this custom built Powell home first visited the space, they fell in love with the location and the layout, but the contemporary design was completely opposite of their taste. A substantial remodel ensued after they bought the house, leaving the kitchen as one of the last projects. But you know what they say about leaving the best for last.

Time to think

Living with the original kitchen for an ample amount of time allowed the homeowner to figure out exactly what she wanted to change to make the space work for her and her family. “Functionality is always at the top of my list,” she says. “We have three children, a large family and we like to entertain a lot, so my goal for the kitchen was to combine aesthetics with functionality and efficiency, and make it all really warm and comfortable.”

Remodeler Douglas Ferguson was brought on board and a plan was formed. The remodel would include enclosing a screen porch located off the kitchen, which the homeowner envisioned as a casual dining space. “I wanted to take advantage of the space that was quite literally in the woods,” she says. The transformed area now includes a vaulted barrel ceiling and floor to ceiling windows that allow the family and guests to take in the gorgeous wooded view. Enclosing the porch gave the homeowner all of the opportunities she wanted by opening up the kitchen, including a cook island and a clean island for separate functions.

The focus of the main island is cooking and includes a vegetable sink as well as features accessible to her children. Two refrigerator drawers in the island allow the kids to grab drinks and snacks and a microwave lets them make their own food when they want it. The main island also doubles as a work space for homework after school. “The cook island is sort of the family center,” says the homeowner. The second island is designated for clean up, so dirty dishes don’t get thrown in the mix during prepping and cooking. This island is adjacent to the casual dining table so everything comes off the table and has a place to go.

Open and organized

The homeowner also focused on creating several themed areas of the kitchen to help keep everything organized. A home management area includes a desk and built-in filing cabinets, as well as white boards on the walls to manage home activities, family schedules and work. There is also a separate wine bar section that includes a wine cooler and plenty of space for bottles.

Kitchen designer Gary Smith, from Scioto Kitchen Sales Corp., joined the team and understood the homeowner’s ideas right away. “I told Gary what I wanted and he found the products,” says the homeowner. “He also introduced me to many new kitchen design features including trim work and unique cabinets.”

When it came to the actual layout of the space, Ferguson, Smith and the homeowner sat together for hours figuring out the exact plans and details. When it came to finding legs for the island, Ferguson showed the homeowner a catalog of options but nothing seemed to be the right look. “I literally started drawing by hand in full scale and holding ideas up to the table, and we found something she liked,” Ferguson says. “It’s details like that, that make this a truly custom project.”

According to the homeowner, Ferguson was the voice of reason during the entire project. “He was critical in identifying key ideas, both in the areas of products available as well as how to do it in a way that kept the continuity of the house in bridging open rooms together,” she says.


Home builder: C.V. Perry; General contractor/residential designer: Douglas G. Ferguson, Masterpiece Designers-Builders-Remodelers; Kitchen designer: Gary Smith, Scioto Kitchen Sales Corp.; Window treatments/interior design: Patti Johnson; Cabinetry: Haas Cabinetry, Scioto Kitchen Sales Corp.; Flooring: Porcelain Tile, Michael David Design Center; Backsplash: Limestone, Michael David Design Center; Cleanup island sink: Kohler cast iron; Cook island sink: Whitehaus copper sink; Faucets: Delta; Dishwasher: KitchenAid; Cooktop: Wolf; Refrigerator: Sub-Zero; Oven: Viking; Lighting: Capital Lighting Fixture Company

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