Design snapshot: Kitchen desk with a view

dssmidcounter.jpgWe often ask a lot of our kitchens. Many serve as a command-center of sorts, in addition to providing a place to prepare and share meals. The corner of this one, designed by architect Dann Batting of New Hampshire, offers a second clean-up sink, a computer desk area, cook book storage, and a view to die for. It’s the multi-tasker’s dream.

We can’t all look out to sea while searching online for recipes, but we can consider translating the kitchen-corner-desk design concept to our homes. Maybe your windows would face the backyard or kitchen garden. Either way they’d offer a pleasing view and welcome abundant light from two directions. Maybe they’d be casement windows instead of double-hungs. Maybe you’d have more open storage or less. Maybe you’d swap out some of the finishes. It wouldn’t be difficult to make it your own. That’s the test of a fundamentally good design model.

by Katie Hutchison for the House Enthusiast