After disaster struck, this cooking space got an amazing makeover. Feast your eyes on the grand finale.
Outdated looks aren't the only reasons to jump-start a kitchen redo. Some cooking spaces are destined to be renovated. In Guy and Debra Sommers's case, the reason was a house fire. Resolved to stay put and to rebuild, these homeowners forged a far more engaging kitchen than their previous one through a savvy selection of materials and color choices.
The Sommerses didn't want to move because their shady, forested property sits a stone's throw away from the Chattahoochee River in Sandy Springs, Georgia. "With such a tranquil setting, it seemed only natural to bring this beauty indoors," says architect Mike Hug. He, along with associate Andy Anderson and interior designer Tamala Herd, did just that by outfitting the kitchen with slate flooring, honey-stained alderwood cabinetry, and flamed black granite countertops.
The standout feature of this kitchen is the central island. Topped with joined planks of antique cypress, the island provides bar seating for informal meals. Because the homeowners couldn't bear cutting into the planks for a sink or stove, they kept them intact as one large workspace, which is sealed for food-prep wear and tear. The island's sides are painted a vibrant red that works well with the rustic top.