Paw Paw Lake House

2015-2016 KDC Finalist

Take a lovely lake location. Add owners that like to entertain. Throw in six kids (and their “always seem to be hanging out” friends). What kind of kitchen do you need?

A big, hardworking one, with the same stunning transitional décor as the rest of this splendid Michigan home. It was a challenge for designer Doug Durbin, but just the kind he thrives on.

The space had a very large footprint with tall ceilings – essentially one room, comprised of the kitchen, wine area, lounge, dining room and family room.  So Doug started with a large peninsula, to define the boundaries of the kitchen and provide both function and storage. It has two-sided cabinets at the ceiling, anchored at the end by a tall back-lit cabinet that stores a ladder for elevated access. The peninsula also houses a built-in coffee machine and spout, slightly raised section with two Wolf single ovens, two warming drawers, convection steam oven and microwave drawer – strictly for popping popcorn on movie nights.

To create enough prep space for this large crew, Doug designed two islands. The outer island is primarily a seating and entertaining area, but also has a second sink – often filled with ice and beverages – that can be used for food prep, especially when there’s a second cook in the kitchen.

It’s the middle island where the cook has everything at his or her fingertips: plenty of counter space, a huge multi-functional sink and a Wolf 48” gas rangetop with infrared griddle, powerful and precise enough for any type of cooking. The cook can move easily between this central cooking area, the ovens on the peninsula and the Sub-Zero 30” refrigerator column and 30” freezer column on the south wall.

Even while food preparation is going on, the open-plan kitchen allows the cook to feel connected to the family activities going on in the rest of the home.

This kitchen would be an award winner purely for its functionality and understated elegance, but it is also notable for its attention to the smallest details. Doug was trained as a master cabinetmaker, so it’s perhaps not surprising that much of the decorative hardware is custom designed specifically for this project. For instance, the contemporary refrigerator levers and square barrel hinge plates are machined flush into the softly textured metal doors, an element that is repeated on a smaller scale on the dining buffet doors.

Ultimately though, this is a kitchen that was not designed to be admired, but to be utilized and enjoyed by this large, gregarious family for many years to come, on the shores of Paw Paw Lake.

In This Kitchen

  • 30" Integrated Column Freezer with Ice Maker - Panel Ready

    IC-30FI

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  • 30" Integrated Column Refrigerator - Panel Ready

    IC-30R

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  • 24" Freezer Drawers with Ice Maker - Panel Ready

    ID-24FI

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  • 30" Refrigerator Drawers - Panel Ready

    ID-30R

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  • 24" Undercounter Beverage Center - Panel Ready

    UC-24BG/O

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  • 24" Transitional Drawer Microwave

    MD24TE/S

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  • 30" M Series Professional Built-In Single Oven

    SO30PM/S/PH

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  • 48" Sealed Burner Rangetop - 6 Burners and Infrared Griddle

    SRT486G

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  • 30" Warming Drawer

    WWD30

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Kitchen Design Contest 2010-2012

U.S. & Canada Regional Winners are recognized for the best use of Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove in the kitchen.

Prizes include:

  • A trip for two, for each regional winner, to the KDC conference and awards gala in Madison, WI.
  • National PR and online program for regional winners.
  • Customized publicity and marketing kit for each regional winner.

International Regional Winners are recognized for the best use of Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove in the kitchen.

Prizes include:

  • A trip for two, for each regional winner, to the KDC conference and awards gala in Madison, WI.
  • National PR and online program for regional winners.
  • Customized publicity and marketing kit for each regional winner.