Material Witness

This kitchen is designed to be an integral part of the view-oriented, spec-built home’s entertaining environment.

April 01, 2002


"This kitchen is a work of art in itself. Like the rest of the house, it is remarkable not only for the high quality of the components that went into its design but also for the great mixture of materials and textures."

— Shirley Wall, Wall St. West Custom Homes

This kitchen is designed to be an integral part of the view-oriented, spec-built home’s entertaining environment. Equally suited for preparing gourmet meals or welcoming guests, the kitchen’s sleek design contributes significantly to the overall sophistication of the home’s interior style. A “floating” staircase of stainless steel and cherry, the focal point of the main floor, defines the transition between kitchen, dining room and living room space while allowing all these areas to interact with each other visually as well as functionally.

Style of Home | Prairie

Location | DC Ranch, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Total Square Footage | 6,962

Market Value | $2.6 million

Builder | Wall St. West Custom Homes, Scottsdale

Architect | H&S International, Scottsdale

Interior Design | Wall St. West Custom Homes

Target Market | Executive couple; professional athlete

Major Products Used | Appliances: SubZero (refrigerator); Dacor (double ovens, gas cooktop, warming drawer, microwave); Fisher & Paykel (double dishwasher); Scotsman (under-counter bar refrigerator); Viking (gas barbecue) | Cabinetry: Downsview Kitchens | Countertops: Indian Premium granite; stainless steel; glass | Flooring: Ardennes Noir Tile; Avalon | Home Controls: Radio RA | HVAC: Lennox | Lighting: Tech Lighting | Plumbing Fixtures: Hansgrohe | Windows: Western Insulated Glass


Materials Mix It Up in This Kitchen




  • Three-level center island features a combination of materials, including stainless steel for the midlevel food preparation area; frosted glass for the snack bar, which rests on stainless steel piers and conceals the prep counter from the rest of the living areas; and granite for the buffet counter.



  • High-gloss custom cherry cabinetry



  • Split-face, black granite countertops feature a continuous wrap up the wall to the base of the cabinets.



  • Stainless steel appliances



  • Two stainless steel, rolling-panel appliance garages hide typical kitchen clutter.



  • Two smoked-glass panels conceal the microwave and television when they are not in use.



  • High-tech lighting system includes low-voltage monorails, track, cove and under-cabinet lighting.



  • Oversize, 18x18-inch black porcelain tile flooring
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