When Bonna Sutherland began planning the kitchen for her new home, she knew she wanted something different from wall-to-wall cabinets and counters. She loved the kitchen in a former home in downtown Annapolis. "It was a great big kitchen in an old Victorian that had nothing in it but a wood-burning stove and a huge pine closet," she recalls. "The house also had this wonderful pantry that I just loved."
She was also impressed with the airy openness of the kitchen in a contemporary home she had shared with her husband, Ben, and their 8-year-old child. "We live in kitchens," says Mrs. Sutherland, who is also the mother of two children in their 20s.
She and Mr. Sutherland took their kitchen ideas, along with some sketches generated on their computer, to the designer of their new waterfront home, Annapolis architect Robert Hammond.
"They basically wanted no cabinets and they wanted the kitchen very much integrated into the rest of the house," recalls Mr. Hammond.
Occupying one of the two rooms on the first level of the 3,200-square-foot home, the kitchen is an L-shaped space that includes the food-preparation area, a sitting area with a fireplace and a dining area. The storage and work areas resemble furniture pieces rather than cabinets and counters. Mrs. Sutherland chose a dark green and bright white color scheme for the space.
The kitchen proper includes a black granite-topped work island and a niche -- designed by Mr. Sutherland -- that holds a commercial range made for residential use and assorted pots and pans. There is a refrigerator and a built-in wall storage unit. The flooring is oak.
Just around the corner from the work area is a family favorite -- a huge pantry. "Except for the things we use all the time, we literally keep everything in the pantry," says Mrs. Sutherland. One wall is a holding area for mops and bags. Another has white painted shelves for all types of food, and the family's dishes.
Although the home was designed with an adjacent formal living and dining area, the kitchen dining space is where the Sutherlands entertain. The formal side of the house is now occupied by a pool table, lots of overstuffed furniture, a piano and a big-screen television. "We really do live very informally," says Mrs. Sutherland.
For his work on the Sutherlands' home, Mr. Hammond recently was given a design award from the Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.