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A Sleek Kitchen Redesign

Transforming a cramped, cluttered kitchen into this roomy, sun-splashed space was a matter of losing a wall and gaining smart storage and seating.

By Elzy Kolb

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  • "A wall oven takes up too much space," Randi says. Instead she chose a pro-grade range (, with two convection ovens, six high-output BTU burners, and an oversize griddle. "We're pancake fanatics," she explains.

  • The stainless steel hood with custom chimney has halogen lighting and a warming option to keep food on the stovetop at the perfect temperature until it's time to dish out seconds.

  • Covered in matching wood paneling, the French door fridge/freezer ( virtually disappears into the cabinetry. "The effect is more like a piece of furniture," Zobel says.

Pro Point: A stepped-back quartzite shelf in the stone wall matches the colors in the glass tile backsplash and holds frequently used herbs and condiments.

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