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417 Home Spring 2007, “A linear kitchen”

Kitchen: Front and Center

High design isn’t just for your living room, and mastering the fine art of functionality isn’t just for your bathroom. Right now, kitchens are the new design center of the home.

By Tiesha Miller

Complete article from 417 Magazine

Oh, the kitchen. The heart of the home. The vessel of warm baked goodness. The permeater of delicious smells. The kitchen. It’s making a comeback. For some time the evolution away from a Donna Reed culture of made-from-scratch meals seemed to suggest that there was less of an emphasis on the kitchen—or at least the activities that took place in it. There seemed to be more eating out than eating in, but in the midst of an ebb there is a revival, or perhaps just a realization that the importance of the kitchen didn’t go anywhere. It’s where guests gather. It’s where the family comes together. 
Now more than ever, we’re seeing designers, architects and homeowners treat the kitchen as the design center of the home. It decides the tone for the rest of the house, is placed in a prominent location and, of course, gets all the bells and whistles. From the latest gadgets to custom cabinetry, to high design, we bring you four kitchens from 417-land where the planning was meticulous, the details are many and the result is endlessly satisfying for those who love to whip up a meal.

A Linear Kitchen

Diane and Bob Hufft get personal with their contemporary kitchen.

It was almost a year in the making. A year of meetings, planning and talking about the kitchen, and then one day it arrived in a bunch of little boxes. About five days later, Diane and Bob Hufft had their kitchen. The Hufft’s kitchen was the starting point from which all the plans for the Line House began and with it came the tone for the rest of the home. The Line House, the contemporary high-design Springfield residence of the Huffts, is the conception of the couple’s architect son, Matthew Hufft, who began planning the home for his parents at age 25. Now 30, his career has begun to flourish as has his architecture firm hufft:projects. The house is one of the shining spots in his portfolio.

“It’s been so much fun watching Matthew,” Diane says. “You always think your children are wonderful, but until you see them in action, you never know everything. I’d think, ‘How does he know all about that or all about this?’”

Diane and Bob had several day-long meetings in New York with German company Bulthaup, who specializes in kitchen concepts. Every inch of the kitchen was planned around how and what Diane liked to cook, what materials she preferred, how she’d like to store silverware, pots, pans and cookbooks. Each drawer, accessory and compartment has a reason. Getting it from conception to reality was a gigantic puzzle of sorts. When it was finally installed, there weren’t any surprises because the kitchen had been planned and modeled in 3-D computer-animation software. The kinks were worked out well before the pieces arrived in the little boxes, and two specialists, who travel the United States for Bulthaup, assembled the puzzle in the Huffts’ home.


Matthew Hufft
hufft:projects llc — Central
7714 Fairway St., Prairie Village, Kansas, 913-341-2596

SCS Home Entertainment
4235 S. Charleston Ave., Springfield, 417-887-9558

Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-865-8392

Enchanted Woodworks
702 Lon Rd., Rogersville, 417-753-7464

Gary Herman
Herman & Associates Inc.
4255 S. Glenstone Ave., Suite C, Springfield, 417-889-0999

Roseland, New Jersey, 800-808-2923
Bodenkirchen, Germany

Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-865-8392

Walker Zanger
Available at Ozark Mountain Granite & Tile Company
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark, 417-581-4600,
818-252-4005, Sylmar, California

Amhern, The Netherlands
Herman Lumber Co.
332 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-862-3737

A Splash of Citrus

Jim and Jeanne Scott keep their kitchen bright with fresh colors and big windows.

For Jim and Jeanne Scott it was all about the view. The Scott’s knew as they built their Hollister home that it needed to take advantage of their panoramic view of Table Rock Lake. As large windows were a must-have, so was an expansive kitchen. Jeanne grew up in a big family and really wanted a large inviting kitchen. Also frequent entertainers, the couple found a large kitchen nice, as it tended to be the most common gathering place for guests.

The kitchen was meticulously designed to make the view available from as many areas as possible. The cook top is set in the short side of the island, so those natural surroundings of the home are front-and-center for Jeanne as she cooks. The custom window valances were kept short to facilitate an uninterrupted lake view.

After requesting white cabinets and black counters, Jim stepped aside and left the rest of the details up to Jeanne and Jeremy Carter, a designer with Tri-Lakes Interiors who not only accessorized the kitchen but also was in from the beginning to help with the kitchen’s layout.

Carter eased the stark contrast of the white and black by using pearl-colored cabinets and a granite heavy with flecks of tan and brown. To keep the kitchen bright and not “frou, frou,” as Jeanne put it, Carter used a palate dominant with citrus colors. From there, he worked on adding details that made the kitchen truly custom, while keeping it sellable. Jim and Jeanne built the home with the intention of selling after they retired in a few years, which meant the details couldn’t be over-the-top.

“I wanted anyone to come in here and be able to put their personality into it, but I still got the attention to detail and the features that I wanted,” Jeanne said.

This did not keep Carter from being creative. He added a wide crown molding to the top of the cabinets and created a built-in wine rack on the end of a lower cabinet. From the same slab as the counters, Carter added a granite inlay in the travertine backsplash. The lower cabinet shelves pull out, making access easier to pans and dishes that are usually difficult to get to when in the back.

The butler’s pantry is another one of the customized details that Carter really put time into. The glass-paned cabinets with interior lighting add character to the kitchen, and the built-in aspect makes it more space-friendly than a buffet-style piece of furniture that would serve a similar function.

The couple has fallen in love with the view and the accessibility of the kitchen so much that the longer they stay in the house, the more they think they’ll stay for more time than originally intended. “It’s wonderful to sit and have coffee and enjoy the view,” Jeanne says. “We built it to sell, but we’re just loving it so much.”


Kitchen Aid
Metro Builders Supply
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-1113

Junction 160 & CC Highway, Nixa, 417-725-0700

Mastercraft Custom Homes
Branson, 417-337-4632

Jeremy Carter, Tri-Lakes Interiors
135 Southtowne Blvd, Hollister, 417-335-8494

Tri-Lakes Interiors
135 Southtowne Blvd, Hollister, 417-335-8494

Home Depot
1000 Branson Hills Pkwy., Branson, 417-336-2322

Tri-Lakes Interiors
135 Southtowne Blvd., Hollister, 417-335-8494

The Lighthouse Gallery
218 S. Commercial St., Branson, 417-334-2175

Family Focus

Co-workers and friends collaborate to create a custom kitchen that combines style and function while keeping the family feel.

The Holaday family likes to get up on weekend mornings and together, while still in their pajamas, make a big breakfast at a leisurely pace. Expect pancakes or waffles from scratch, eggs, bacon—the whole spread. It’s one of those times Mike and Kim can guarantee time spent with their three daughters. Their 22- and 19-year-olds are off at college, but their 13-year-old is still home with mom and dad, so the meals including all five don’t happen as often as they used to, but they’re still just as important.

“I’ve worked pretty much [my daughters’] whole lives,” Kim says. “Sitting down together to eat is the one time I know we can be together and interact with them.”

Breakfast isn’t the only thing that draws the Holadays to the kitchen. They end up eating at home 95 percent of the time due in part to their wooded Willard location and to Kim’s fondness for baking and family sit-down meals.

Mike and Kim agreed that it would be worth going the extra mile on the kitchen. Much of the stress of planning was eased by designer and friend Joyce Buxton of Buxton-Kubik-Dodd, a design firm where Kim is office manager. “I really really wanted my long-time friend and coworker to be happy,” Buxton says. “She works two desks away from me, so the pressure was on.”

The Holaday’s kitchen combines modern and rustic. It combines stainless steel products and black antiqued bead board cabinets and walnut accent cabinetry to help keep it feeling warm. The black granite counters have flecks of brown that pull together the whole look.

Cabinet shelves pull out, so even things stored away, such as the commercial-sized double pot coffeemaker, don’t have to sit on the counter. (The appliance garage holds items, such as the toaster, behind a roll-down door in order to keep counter space clutter-free.) Drawers are deep enough to hold plates and make it easier for the Holaday’s youngest daughter to help put dishes away.

The baking station has plenty of room for Kim to prepare her pies and cookies and other treats. The kitchen actually has a built-in spice compartment in the baking station and by the stove.

“Kim and Mike are some of my oldest and dearest friends,” Buxton says. “They are unpretentious, warm and welcoming people. We’ve been the beneficiaries of many meals, and I know how it feels to be in their home. Unlike the rest of us, she actually does cook. Where you are preparing a meal also has to fit with the function.”

One of the biggest processes of the kitchen’s construction was the installation of the Wolf stovetop in the island. Kim wanted the stovetop to be flush mounted, but because of granite’s tendency to chip and crack, the granite company was initially leery of attempting to cut the large slab in such a manner. After being coaxed a bit by contractor Adrian Rhoads, the stovetop was successfully installed just as Kim wanted. Now she can throw a tablecloth over the island and use it as a serving station, which proved to be handy when the Holadays hosted 26 family members for five days during Christmastime.


Metro Builders Supply 
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield,417-833-1113

Chris Buccolz, Custom Woodwork
10608 N. Stokes Lane, Willard, 417-846-5189

Adrian Rhoads, Rhoads Design and Construction

Joyce Buxton, Buxton-Kubik-Dodd
1531 E. Bradford Pkwy., Suite 320, Springfield, 417-890-5543

Kim Bird, B&B Hardwood

Ozark Mountain Granite & Tile Company
6001 N. 21st St., 417-581-4600, Ozark

Springfield Lighting & Décor
1415 E. Battlefield, Springfield, 417-447-5483

Sonoma: Stellar Now brand from Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa, 417-725-5515,  wholesale store. Does not sell to general public.

Tailor Made

Donna and Wayne Towe’s kitchen has all the right measurements.

Donna’s husband, Wayne, a tailor. Wayne is a retired commercial contractor who worked on projects such as Bass Pro Shops in Springfield and did a great chunk of the work in the kitchen. The specifics in the kitchen were not only planned according to Donna’s years of filing away ideas but were also built in consideration of her 5-foot-4-inch height.
“I’m a shorty,” she jokes.

The cabinets were installed at the lowest possible height they could while still fitting a dishwasher underneath. Just looking at the kitchen, the shorter-than-average height isn’t apparent. This is in part due to the wide crown molding on top that sets off the dimensional difference. So although it’s not apparent at first look, it is noticeable to Donna. She can reach items on top shelves and the counter is at a much more comfortable height.

The entire kitchen was built so that nothing had to sit out on the counters—Donna doesn’t mind sharing her affinity for neatness—but the baking station in particular got all the bells and whistles. KPC Tile and Stone even had to order a special tool to cut an egg groove into the blonde granite countertop.

The Towe’s went to Grace Cabinet for their custom project. The company created shelves on rollers, compartments for the countertop mixer, toaster, microwave and spices. Ed Padilla finished the cabinets, which are a crackled, antiqued cream. The refrigerator doors were customized to match the cabinet fronts.

Her custom kitchen was a long time coming, but, she admits, it’s just the right fit.


Foster’s Appliance
1928 S. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-887-7141

Grace Cabinets
435 N. Sherman Pkwy., Springfield, 417-862-93020

Edge Supply
5665 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-889-7082

KPC Tile and Stone
5311 N. 23rd St., Ozark, 417-581-8775

Lighthouse Gallery
4113 S. National Ave., Springfield, 417-889-1088

KPC Tile and Stone
5311 N. 23rd St., Ozark, 417-581-8775

JAG Architectural Products
6003 N. 21st St., Ozark, 417-582-2211

PHOTOS BY EDWARD BIAMONTE. Stainless steel counters and upper cabinets by Bulthaup set the tone for this clean-lined kitchen. The cherry wood cabinets almost look as though they have a ridge, but the dark line is actually a walnut inlay. Stainless steel pulls were chosen to tie in the rest of the kitchen. Citrus accents liven up the kitchen, which is black-and-white dominant. The butler’s pantry is one of the many details that designer Jeremy Carter personalized while still keeping the kitchen inviting to prospective buyers down the road. There are little fold-out compartments hidden all over this kitchen. Plexi-glass bins were built into a drawer to store sugar and flower in the baking station.

PHOTOS COURTESY JOHN ODOM. The island opens up into the main living area, so Kim isn’t secluded while cooking. The undermounted sink has one larger side to better accommodate pots and pans.

View more photos of: The Line Home