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417 Home Winter 2011, Best kitchens, “Traditional Luxe”

Best Kitchens

Style and sophistication merge with top-of-the-line appliances and drool-worthy features inside eight of 417-land’s hottest kitchens.

By Tanja Kern and Kim Swain

Complete article from 417 Magazine

It’s a place for sipping morning coffee and welcoming the day. And where the kids rush to for their after-school snacks, and where we spend hours preparing food for our loved ones. It’s the kitchen, and it’s one of the most used rooms in the home. There’s no doubt that we all spend many of our at-home hours in the kitchen, and in the past few years, it seems that more and more 417-landers are realizing this. They’re changing things around, and they’re heating things up. They’re transforming their everyday kitchen spaces into what are perhaps the most extraordinary rooms in their homes.

We searched all over our corner of the state to find a handful of these over-the-top spaces, and what we found are eight of the hottest kitchens in 417-land. From styles that range from French country to contemporary and with items that include gorgeous tile, granite, marble and top-of-the-line appliances, each of these kitchens is dressed to impress. And the homeowners each have distinctive styles, giving the spaces chic designs, sophistication and picture-perfect looks. Take some time to flip through and enjoy, then start designing your very own dream kitchen.—Savannah Waszczuk

A Touch Contemporary

When Teresa Grantham and her husband purchased their 1930s Tudor, they knew the tight footprint of the original galley kitchen wouldn’t cut it. They commissioned home designer Susie Wieland and contractor Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design and Construction to help renovate the space so the kitchen would flow with the rest of the vintage home. The goal: to transform the old, narrow kitchen into a beautiful eat-in that would become the family’s central hangout and also accommodate a dozen or more family and friends for holiday dinners and casual get-togethers that occur throughout the year.

“We geared our remodel to having more room while also keeping it as consistent with the original architecture as possible,” Grantham says. “People really can’t tell that the space is new.”

To add additional square footage, the team knocked down the wall between the original kitchen and dining room to open up the space. They repurposed some of the original cabinetry doors—a breakfront with beautiful leaded glass—and reused all the doors on the new cabinetry. The brilliant white finish of the cabinetry contrasts with the black granite and white marble countertops.

Two islands provide ample food prep space and loads of storage underneath. With entertaining in mind, the couple opted for a trough sink in one island; it doubles as an ice bucket during parties. Teresa can fill the sink with ice and keep wine bottles chilled and ready to pour. At the far end of the kitchen, Susie Wieland designed a coffee bar that tucks away a coffee maker and bean grinder. Open shelves above keep mugs and plates within arm’s reach.—T.K.

Favorite Feature: Built-in display cabinetry with custom lighting

Resource Listing

Home Designer
Susie Wieland
Wieland Studio, LLC
Springfield, 417-869-0229

General Contractor
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield

Mussino Tile Distributors
3045 S. Scenic Ave.,
Springfield, 417-889-8453, mussinotileonline.com

Sinks & Faucets
Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy.,
Springfield, 417-873-9145,

Seminole Décor
1815 E. Seminole St.,
Springfield, 417- 881-5559, seminoledecorcenter.com

Foster’s Appliance
1928 S Glenstone Ave. # B, Springfield

Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora

Cabinet Hardware
Markley Decorative Hardware
1927 E. Bennett St.,
Springfield, 417-881-2480


Kitchens By Kleweno
4034 Broadway, Kansas City
816-531-3968; kleweno.com

Blue Plates

Traditional Luxe

Judy and Ray Kern moved into their new Highland Springs home last June, and Judy was very particular about her kitchen during the building process. “I drew what I wanted, and John Boyd of Alpine Wood Products tweaked it,” Judy says.

Because the kitchen opens to the family room, it was important that the cabinetry blend gracefully with the rest of the house. They constructed the cabinets from maple with custom-braided inlays and treated them with a special stain to create their dark, lustrous finish. The cabinets mask most of the appliances, and an appliance garage tucks away Judy’s big mixer so that she doesn’t have to lift it every time she needs it. Judy has every appliance she needs as an experienced home cook.

“Cooking has not been a passion before, but this kitchen has made it a passion for me,” Judy says. “There is so much room, and everything I need is right here.”

The Thermador range offers a griddle and energy-saving burners, and the ovens get a lot of use baking sugar cookies for the Kerns’ 4-year-old granddaughter, Marissa. “She would have me bake sugar cookies for her every day if she could.”

White Carrara marble countertops and floors offer a bright contrast to the dark cabinet finish. “The white always looks so clean and fresh,” Judy says.

The Kerns enjoy an extra-large butler’s pantry, located right off the kitchen. A separate refrigerator and freezers offer ample space for beverages and frozen items, which is a huge help on the days they have family and friends over. “We just had guests who stayed with us for a week, and I basically lived in the kitchen preparing meals,” Judy says. “I made a full turkey dinner and cooked a traditional German sauerbraten.”

The kitchen’s lighting was a special project. Judy wasn’t able find the exact silver finish she wanted for a more modern look, so she purchased new lighting fixtures and painted them herself. —T.K.

Favorite Features: A pantry filled with ample storage and an appliance garage that hides appliances when they’re not in use.

Resource Listing:

Alpine Wood Products
614 West Jonathon Dr.,
Marionville, 417-258-2584,

Marble Flooring
2710 S. Austin Ave., Springfield
417-883-4600, daltile.com

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

Solid Surface Designs, Inc.
233 Lambeth Rd., Billings
417-258-2787, ssdionline.com

Ashley Furniture Home Store
1715 E. Independence,
Springfield, 417-447-0580, ashleyfurniturehomestore.com

Urban Meets Rustic

Rather than trying to force a trendy kitchen into their nearly 40-year-old rustic home, Clark and Collene Rand made upgrades to modernize while complementing the natural Ozarks landscape brought inside through the room’s wall of windows. They kept the subtle contrasts between wood, stone, textures and stains by mixing old with new. The result: A new feel for one of their favorite rooms.

The white-washed beams and flagstone floor are original. New counter tops, appliances, cabinets and an oversized island were added. A river rock wall stayed, but it posed a challenge as cabinets had to be customized to fit into existing openings. Small cabinets with wave-patterned glass fronts now sit above large, recessed openings, which are accented by green glass tile and illuminated by battery-operated lights. The original arched pass-through into the entry area also remains.

The cabinets that make up the third wall of the kitchen were redesigned to be taller and accommodate a larger refrigerator, a microwave–convection oven–warming drawer combo and a television on an articulating arm. In addition to the adjoining dining area and its one-of-a-kind table made of reclaimed wood from an Indonesian bridge, the Rands have two comfy armchairs in a small kitchen seating area where they often watch TV.

The island contains a five-burner gas stove with a large spice drawer underneath. It is washed with a green stain that complements the colors seen through the windows. A fascia was added under the island’s quartz countertop to make it appear thicker.

Rather than a double sink on the counter below the windows, a pivoting faucet sits between two separate, deep sinks. Upgraded hardware, thick baseboards and hand-painted coordinating trim around outlets and lights make this charming kitchen a little urban and a whole lot rustic.—K.S.

Favorite Feature: A conveniently located spice drawer directly under the gas cook-top


Interior Designers
Brandi Yancey and Joyce Buxton,
Buxton Kubik Dodd Creative
1531 E. Bradford Pkwy.,
Suite 320, Springfield
417-890-5543, bk-dc.com

General Contractor
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield

Backsplash Tile
Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa
417- 725-5515, uniquetile.com

Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora,

Ozark Mountain Granite
6001 N. 21st St., Ozark

Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-1113,

Island Faux Finisher
Rebecca Corona-Hubbard
Crown Faux Finishes

Kid-Friendly and Quaint

Erin McGee discovered what she wanted in her new kitchen by scouring the internet for photos. “We built a new house this year, and I just found all the photos that I liked online and took it from there,” Erin says. Teal and red add splashes of color to the kitchen’s neutral birch cabinetry and caramel-colored countertops.

A savvy online shopper, Erin sourced bar stools at Overstock.com and pendant lights to hang over her island at Pottery Barn. She also purchased metal lettering online and spray-painted the letters red to create the “EAT” sign next to her range. A bright red sliding door hides the pantry area—and Erin’s canned and dry goods—from view. Inside of the pantry, Erin positioned her wire shelving at an angle, making it easy for her to read the labels on her dry good products. And a homemade kitchen curtain in a whimsical aqua blue print completes the space.

The family spends much of their time in the kitchen. We have three children, one who is 4 years old and two who are younger, so someone is always hungry or thirsty, Erin says. The oldest ones scoot up on the metal barstools to help Mom as she’s making up a meal. “I love to let them help me cook,” Erin says. “They would make cupcakes every day if they could.”

Erin coated the wall next to pantry door with chalkboard paint so that her children can draw and scribble fun messages for the family while she’s puttering around the kitchen. “I keep grocery lists on there and also just keep them entertained,” she says.—T.K.

Favorite Feature: A bright red sliding pantry door that came from a flea market and was customized by Erin

Resource Listing: 

Cabinets and Countertops
Gedstad Woodworks
214 E. Park St., Dadeville

Pendant Lights

Bar Stools

French Country Flair

Educators Becky and Emmett Sawyer love to cook, travel and try new foods. The two are silent partners in a new Kansas City restaurant, The Rieger, which recently won a number of “Best Of” awards by The Pitch, a popular alternative weekly in Kansas City. So it’s no surprise that their own kitchen had to be a place where real cooking and baking could take place.

“We have a large, blended family, and everyone likes to be a part of the cooking,” says Emmett. So, when the appliances started failing in their 20-year-old home, the Sawyers decided to tear out walls, move things around and create a working kitchen with good traffic flow, where they could cook and entertain.

With the help of Keystone Building and Design, the project’s contractor that handled most of the design, the Sawyers were able to create their very own dream kitchen. There are three separate prep areas: An oversized island of granite that took 38 hours to bevel, a baking area with under-cabinet lights near a double convection oven and a space near the appliance garage (the former pantry area where appliances are now stored at counter-level under cabinets with roll-up doors).

A corner cabinet lazy Susan and slide-out vertical shelves between the alder wood cabinets and appliances serve as storage. The Sawyers also incorporated a number of pull-outs that look like cabinets but are more accessible. When bumped, the drawers close on their own.

Since the entire kitchen was gutted, the Sawyers were able to tag their whole-house vac system into the island for quick cleanup and add a pot-filler spigot above the six-burner stove that has a commercial-grade exhaust system. The backsplash matches the floor tile and incorporates two green man tiles, reminiscent of a trip to Scotland. The redesign also included adding a ceiling grid system with recessed panels, which gives the illusion of the room being taller.—K.S.

Favorite Feature: The beverage bar built into the elaborate ceiling to make it look like a  custom piece of cabinetry.

Resource Listing: 

Contractor/Interior Design
Keystone Building and Design
1137 S. Gregg Rd.,
Nixa, 417-827-4389,

Freelance interior designer
Julie Bandy

Tile & Granite
Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave.,
Nixa, 417- 725-5515,

Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave.,
Springfield, 417-833-1113,

Cabinet Concepts by Design
1342 W. Schatz Ln.,
Nixa, 417-725-3400,

Turning Transitional

The kitchen is the gathering place for Michelene and Rick Ramsey and their twins. So, when they built their home in the Villages of Wicklow in Nixa, they knew that they wanted an open-concept living room, dining area and kitchen with a large, usable island where they could eat, do homework, or entertain. So Rick, a builder, created their dream kitchen within their dream home.

“I was tired of the old styles of kitchens—rustic with heavy textures and glazes,” says Michelene, a real estate agent with Murney Associates. “We wanted a new look that was more streamlined. Something modern and more minimal, with cleaner lines, smoother walls and painted trim.”

They chose neutral colors and a somewhat retro style with easy-to-maintain quartz countertops, stainless-steel appliances, polished nickel hardware and light fixtures. The space features walnut cabinetry with reeded glass in the smaller upper cabinets.

The moss, taupe, cream and dusky blue flooring is modeled porcelain made to look like stone. The mossy taupe color coordinates with the kitchen jewelry (glass chips pressed into tile) that is used in both the stove backsplash and the stripe border above the counter tops. The brick pattern of cream-colored subway tile goes all the way to the ceiling on both sides of the stove hood and provides a clean finish to the kitchen.

The same coordinating colors are found in the khaki quartz island top. “We like quartz because it cleans up better around water and has a very smooth finish,” comments Michelene. The cook top has a center griddle between the four gas burners, and all appliances are GE Monogram.—K.S.

Favorite Feature: A custom tile backsplassh paired with a sleek range and hood.

Resource Listing: 

Cabinet Concepts by Design
1342 W. Schatz Ln., Nixa

Tile & Countertops
Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa

Lighthouse Gallery
4113 S. National Ave.,

Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield

Cabinet Hardware
National Home Products
605 W. Skyline Ave., Ozark
417-581-1260, nhp-spfd.com

A Modern Edge

The kitchen was one of the first projects that Bob and Cindy Hosmer tackled when they moved into their Rountree home. “This room didn’t even exist where it was when we bought it,” Cindy says. “We knocked down a wall and moved a bathroom.” The inviting space was a direct result of months of dreaming and savvy product sourcing. “It took some time to get the design right,” Cindy says. “I had a very clear vision of what I wanted: Something more European-looking with very simple lines and a modern edge.”

Local woodworker Dan Fritz built the cabinetry, and Bob did the rest of the construction. He made the concrete countertops along the sink and the back wall and installed the wood floors and the marble subway tile. For the bar area, Bob and Cindy got even more creative. A used soapstone counter top, salvaged from the Missouri State University chemistry labs, is now used to serve breakfast. Cindy found mid-century modern lights online and dressed the rest of the space in a blend of new and vintage finds. “I have an obsession with little bowls,” she says. “The kids love to eat cereal or yogurt out of them, and they also take up much less space in the dishwasher.” Overall, the kitchen turned out just the way the Hosmers wanted. “We never leave this space,” Cindy says. —T.K.

Favorite Feature: Open shelving that adds to the space’s clean and modern look


Metro Appliances & More
3252 N. Glenstone Ave., Springfield, 417-833-1113, metroappliancesandmore.com

Fritz Designs and Concepts
620 N. Prince Ln., Springfield
417-869-6499, fritzdc.com

Color Tile
720 E. Battlefield St.,
Springfield, 417-888-2398, colortileandcarpet.com

Light Fixtures

Small Bowls

Open Elegance

“Our kitchen is exactly as we wanted it to be,” says Dr. Bill Bayazed, a St. John’s physician who took on the role of general contractor of his kitchen remodel project. “We decided that we wanted control over every aspect of the remodel.” His wife, Shyma, agrees. “We wanted it to look spacious and elegant,” she says.

The entire kitchen from floor to ceiling was torn out and rewired and re-plumbed. It even had new ductwork added for the dual-engine stove exhaust above the DCS six-burner stove. Custom-built cabinets topped with crown molding were added, along with a new island that includes a sink and a two-drawer DCS dishwasher. The dining room table had to be cut down to allow for a new pantry and window seat, and the former pantry is now home to an oversized refrigerator that is only 23 inches deep and fits flush with the other cabinetry.

The diamond-patterned, Italian tile backsplash is interspersed with glass mosaic mini tiles that draw out the copper flecks in the black galaxy granite countertops. The 20-by-20 imported floor tile that runs throughout the entire downstairs was chosen because it reminds the Bayazeds of the marble flooring that is popular in their native Syria.

Because the cabinets were custom-built, a cutout was made to incorporate a large flat screen monitor where they can Skype with each other from different rooms of the house or with family members throughout the world. They also use the monitor to listen to music or to find recipes online. The hard drive and other equipment is hidden in the cabinetry above the refrigerator.

The entire remodel took only two months to complete because everything was purchased prior to demolition. The family enjoys their dream kitchen where they can cook, entertain and enjoy their children. _K.S.

Favorite Feature: A copper kitchen sink with a molded design


Tile & Flooring
Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa

Flooring Installation
Longview Flooring/
Carpet One
4725 N. State Hwy. 13 W., Springfield

Cabinets & Carpentry
Signature Wood Works
& Fixtures
Scott Hawkins, Springfield

J & J Plumbing and Heating
1418 N. Park Ave.,

Custom Electric, LLC
David Schmidt
5343 W. Harrison St., Springfield

General Construction
JG Moore Construction
703 Morning Glory, Nixa


Janice Hawkins,
Dwelling Place Decorating
2962 Augusta Hills St.,

Emmie Strockbine
Unique Tile
1364 N. Kelly Ave., Nixa