With the last few kitchen renovations I have done, we have opted for a concealed hood. There are a couple of functional reasons why. The projection and angle on a lot of hoods bump into taller family members while cooking, and keeping the hood clean is another consideration.
Concrete as a kitchen countertop material has a certain warmth and appealing tactility not found in natural stone or manmade alternatives. Combined with the ability to customize its color, shape, appearance and its high recyclability, a well executed concrete countertop becomes a kitchen focal point one I enjoy in my own home.
This home has a theme of accessibility, optimism and openness. As a family gathering place, the kitchen needed to be a centerpiece, filled with light, and provide a connection to adjacent outdoor terraces, patios and the pool. The floor-to-ceiling bay windows in the breakfast room help fulfill this requirement.
In designing kitchens, I believe in the adage of form follows function. It is important to keep both in mind with every design. A number of factors came into play with this kitchen design. The family needed to be able to store their children's toys. The husband is also an avid cook and he wanted easy access to his various books. The island storage was the perfect place for keeping the family organized.