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Drama from Every Angle

From the magazine, Kitchen and Bath Ideas
High-tech amenities mean this new space doesnt' look -- or cook -- like an ordinary kitchen.

Geometry LessonGeometry Lesson

When it comes to decorating kitchens, Weslie Parker is a woman with a past. She's done cozy traditional and "the Spanish thing." Her first-married kitchen had grass-green walls and Victorian touches.

"I love to decorate houses. I'm working my way through all the different looks," Weslie says. In the 7,000-square-foot beach home Weslie and her husband, John, built in Coronado, California, she ventured to the contemporary edge. The semiretired couple loves to entertain, so the kitchen had to be as sophisticated and architecturally dramatic as the home itself. For the same reason, cooking and serving pieces needed to be easily accessible yet neatly stored to avoid a messy appearance in the open-plan space. A high-tech design served all purposes.

In designing the home, architect Tedd Foley worked with some challenging geometry. The lot, overlooking San Diego's bay and skyline, is a 35 x 180-foot rectangle. The Parkers wanted a round foyer with an antique stained-glass dome from a Midwest church. "John bought that dome before we started doing the house, so the architect basically had to build the house around it," Weslie says.

The curved wall on the kitchen side of the foyer serves as a focal point with a built-in hutch of pearwood. The center granite-top section is used for display or buffet serving. Another section holds a built-in TV.

Geometry Lesson- To maximize function in this odd-shape kitchen, cabinetry starts at the widest point and runs down two opposing walls angling in toward the dining room entry.
- A wide dining room entry and sliding glass doors prevent a closed-in feeling at the kitchen's narrow end.
- The warming drawer and refrigerator drawers are located in the wider part of the island. The 10-foot-long island is 4 feet wide, but angles to 2-1/2 feet wide toward the dining room.
- The six-burner range tucks into an alcove and has a grill and gas-convection ovens.


Sliding, molded-glass doors reward the cook with light and the dining room's bay view.


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