Dale and Adam have lived in an early 80's conversion for over six years and during that time they tolerated their hyper 80's kitchen. Finally, they couldn't take it anymore.
Instead of ripping out perfectly great infrastructure, Dale tried to keep as much of the original interior shelving as possible, replacing only the doors of the cabinets and their respective hardware. Major changes included the new viking stove, gorgeous carrera marble countertops, and a tiled carrera backsplash.
The high-end kitchen, replete with enough stemware for an extensive cocktail party, is tempered by the drying rack. Dale incorporated a rack to accommodate multiple baby bottles as well as wine glasses as he knew both forms of drinking vessels were inevitable.
Dale is an architect so he couldn't help including some great new features in his minimally renovated kitchen. Above every counter is a running grounded electrical strip, providing easy access and convenience for any and all appliances. In addition, Dale built in recessed lighting that aids in preparation but also provides an appealing, warm glow for the white counters.
It's a great kitchen made even better by reusing existing resources and creating a shrine to food preparation.
Adam's Answers to the Kitchn Questionnaire
What's your cooking style?
Do not really have one. I started by picking recipes from The Joy of Cooking and following them as closely as possible. Nowadays, I follow principles that I have learned from recipes while trying to make them my own.
What inspires your kitchen?
I like lots of counter space for cutting and preparing. Spices should be neatly organized near the range. Really into using fresh herbs that Dale grows at our Fire Island house.
What is your favorite kitchen tool or element?
I love my Wusthof knives and my All Clad pans.
Best cooking advice or tip you ever received:
Don't overcook it.
Biggest challenge in your kitchen:
Space especially if Dale and I working together.
Wusthof knives and All Clad pans.
Dream tool or splurge:
I have always wanted a deep fryer. Do not know what exactly I would make with it, but the concept is so cool, even if unhealthy.
What are you cooking this week?
Doing a lot of grilling out in Fire Island. Love to do fish medleys.
What cookbook has inspired you the most?
The Joy of Cooking. It is my first and my best.
What's the most memorable meal you've ever cooked in this kitchen?
Thanksgiving 2008. It was my first thanksgiving for the whole family. Got home late Wednesday afternoon from work and virtually stayed up all night cooking and preparing. Everything came out great, even the turkey. My family now designates my house as our usual thanksgiving gathering place.
• Cabinets - Refaced in walnut by Bulldog Interiors (general contractor for full renovation)
• Stone backsplash - Calacatta tiles by Walker Zanger
• Countertops - Calacatta Marble slab w/ built-up edge detail by International Stone
• Floor Tile - Porcelain Tiles by Walker Zanger
• Appliances - Repaneled vintage Sub-Zero Refrigerator, Viking Range and Microwave, Bosch dishwasher, KWC Faucet and Blanco stainless sink
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