Spacious Kitchen for Entertaining – Hinsdale, IL

The setup

“Life in my home happens in the kitchen.” That’s how one of the homeowners explains the starting point of our collaborative design.

Her 1967 Georgian-style home had been remodeled just before she and her husband bought it in 2020, but it just wasn’t their home yet. 

The remodel

Entertaining and bringing people together is what this family is all about. Birthdays involve amazing cakes like you see on those TV shows, and groups of 30 people or more. Their ideal kitchen needed to accommodate that level of baking and hosting, but also support the daily rhythms of life. 

Our collaborative design was guided by Vastu Shastra, an ancient architectural tradition that predates feng shui. Based on Vedic traditions that harmonize human behavior with natural forces in the world, Vastu Shanstra basically suggests how to inhabit a place in the best way possible. 

The objectives were:

  • Relocate the entire kitchen so the home’s heat source (oven) is in the southeast
  • Incorporate symmetry into the overall design
  • Create a large space for entertaining – open and airy with lots of light
  • Simultaneously separate but join cooking and gathering spaces, allowing the cook to have a cook-specific zone that is still a part of any gathering
  • Individual storage for small appliances – making them easier to use
  • Simplicity – the space should be easy to use and maintain

Design challenges we solved for:

  • Incorporate three load bearing points of the house
  • Provide structural support that was not obvious
  • Reconfigure kitchen utilities to another part of the home
  • Maximize storage space

The Renewed Space

Design solutions and mindful innovations became an exciting motivation that drove the project:

  • Double-horseshoe design features two symmetrical islands that seat 18 people comfortably
  • Downdraft ventilation behind rangetop allows unobstructed views
  • Overhead beams for structural support
  • Equip nearby dining room with locking bar and wine cabinet
  • Roll-out appliance shelves on back of cooking island are powered for easy use
  • Symmetrical fridge and freezer columns separated by oven
  • Cabinets along back of the cooking area for everyday items
  • Tall pantry cabinet has four drawers for paperwork
  • Spacious walk-in storage pantry has a counter with power outlets
  • Coffee station has a trash can directly below for easy clean up
  • Two sinks and dishwashers for easy cleanup

“A lot of relationships are built over food,” the homeowner told us. “This [kitchen] keeps our family close because we all love food. My kids sit in the kitchen all evening long every day – and I’m right there cooking. That’s life –to be together.”

 We also collaborated with the homeowners to remodel their primary bathroom, primary bedroom closet and an additional bathroom.



Kitchen Perimeter

  • Brand: Grabill
  • Finish: Luxe Matello 01
  • Door style: Slab

Kitchen Island and Bar

  • Brand: Grabill
  • Finish: Luxe Matello 04
  • Door style: Slab


  • Brand: Closet OS
  • Finish: Canvas

Kitchen and Bar

  • Brand: Vicostone
  • Type: Quartz
  • Color: Terreno
  • Sharp 30” Microwave
  • Wolf 30” warming drawer
  • Wolf 48” range top with double griddle
  • Wolf 30” single oven
  • Wolf 30” steam oven
  • Best 48” downdraft
  • Sub zero 36” fridge column
  • Sub zero 36” freezer column
  • Subzero 24” coffee station
  • U-line 24” locking wine cooler
  • (2) Cove Dishwashers
  • Kohler faucets
  • 5’ Galley Workstation
Size of space:
  • Kitchen 21′ x 25.5′
  • Dining Room / Bar 28′ x 12′
  • Pantry 11′ x 6′

“I had ideas but I needed somebody to execute them. Together, we made this amazing space that my family gets to enjoy every day. “

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