Few other kitchens excel for ease of cooking and entertaining as do Hunter’s. In terms of the space, kitchens, living and dining rooms need not be three separate spaces. Thus, his kitchens are open, yet divided from the other two areas by a counter. That way the cook can see out and the guests can see in.
Here are a few of his trademarks:
- No overhead cabinetry ever. Hunter feels that this design element came in the 20th century– and whenever possible–should go out with the 21st. He discovered that what can be contained in 12 linear feet of mostly inaccessible over-the-counter cabinetry, will fit in a three foot wide armoire with a deep drawer below, avoiding that low-level search.
- Sinks and prep areas always face into the sitting/dining areas so the cook can be part of the group and not be facing out a window with his or her back to the guests.
- Kitchen counters are always higher and deeper than the norm. Usually 30 inches deep, versus the usual 24 inches.
- Cabinets, walls, etc. contain massive amounts of drawers, many with pullouts for pots and pans, pantry items, linens, even double garbage drawers. Drawers, of course, are full-extension with hidden gliders.
- All lighting is zoned and rheostated to allow different moods and furnish ample light when needed. Two dishwashers and two sinks are the norm, which allows for quick and efficient cleanups.
- Whenever possible, an office/desk space is included in the kitchen area.
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