This Weehawken, NJ kitchen is situated in a large, four-story townhouse. Although the residence itself is large, the kitchen space is fairly narrow, so a challenge existed in creating a space that felt large but that worked within that narrowness. To address this challenge, a fairly linear design was created using the back wall and the long kitchen island.
Taller than average wall cabinets on the back wall, which measure 9.5 feet and extend from the floor to the ceiling and help to promote a feeling of largeness in the space. These tall cabinets act as a framing element to the rest of the back wall, which houses functional elements such as the cooktop, speed ovens, and fully integrated refrigerator.
To the left of the wall unit is a coffee and tea station with retractable doors, which slide into the wall unit like a pocket to save space and promote mobility when the station is open. The refrigerator has custom glass panels. The cooking area is eight feet wide and has a stainless steel countertop and backsplash. To the right of the unit is a pantry with internal drawers.
Paired with the functional back wall is the island, which has a four-inch thick countertop and a waterfall stone element that cascades to the floor. The client is a young family that entertains a lot, so being able to sit six at the island was a priority. The island is sixteen feet long and four and a half feet deep, which provides plenty of space for dining, work, and entertaining.