A Crestmoor kitchen — ‘every inch of it’ — gets the ultimate custom upgrade.
It all started with the fridge.
Sara and Brad Corr liked the functionality of their kitchen in Denver’s Crestmoor neighborhood, but their refrigerator needed an upgrade. And you know where that leads….
“We couldn’t find a refrigerator to fit in the same space, so we figured why not redo the cabinets,” recalls Brad. “And if we were going to redo the cabinets, we decided that the best thing to do was redo the whole kitchen. Someone told me that the worst words to use during a renovation are ‘As long as,’ meaning ‘As long as I am doing this, I might as well do that.’ ”
The two physicians, who bought the house in 2013 after a move from Philadelphia, actually loved the layout of the original 2006 kitchen, which was roomy and versatile, with two large islands that people naturally gathered around. “We’ve always found, no matter what house we were living in, that our kitchen is the center,” says Brad. “Even if we’re not cooking dinner, it’s where we congregate. We loved that this kitchen was central to everywhere in the home, but we wanted to make it our own.”
To that end, they turned to Tamar Chang of Thurston Kitchen and Bath. “It’s a wonderful space and works well for a family with two young children, but they were looking for a much higher quality of appliances and cabinets, with an overall updated look,” says Chang. “They wanted a dream kitchen that was perfect for them.”
“There wasn’t really a huge overarching design strategy,” says Sara. “We just found things we liked along the way.” That included solid mahogany wall cabinets with walnut interiors and deep blue cabinetry in the two islands, which are topped with a spectacular, rare quartzite that, she says, “looks like a really natural piece of stone, not stark white.”
They also chose Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances, including a refrigerator in the main kitchen and a second fridge in the butler’s pantry (where there is also a morning coffee station), and a wall that contains two regular ovens, plus a microwave oven and a steam oven. There is also a Vent-A-Hood over the cooktop in artisan stainless, a hands-free garbage can that can be opened with the tap of a foot, and ultra-customized drawers and cabinets throughout.
“We’d been living in the same space for a while, in the previous kitchen, so we knew exactly where we wanted to put everything, from sippy cups to pots and pans,” says Brad. Adds Sara: “So now, not only does everything look pretty, but it’s really functional, too.”