An Ode to the Kitchen, Laundry and Bath

One of the beauties of Salmela design is that the cooking area blends into the open space. David Salmela says it best:  “The living space is three beautiful functions in one.  When cooking, if feels spacious and has good natural light from three directions and a view toward the lake from east and west.  Well designed storage means everything can be concealed when the task is complete as if it were a gallery.  The dining area has the same light, views and spaciousness, and the living area has an even more dynamic connection to Lake Superior, the forest and the wonderful changing sky beyond.”

David Salmela suggested we add the skills of Rebecca Lindquist, a Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer, to maximize functional storage and work flow.  Kiviranta cooking areas have multiple work stations and function well for both the casual cook and the gourmet aficionado.  These will be great spaces to cook in, whether making breakfast for two or dinner for ten. 

All Kiviranta homes will have SubZero integrated over-and-under refrigerator/freezer units.  They have dual refrigeration to keep food fresh longer, air purification to fight odors, nano-coated spill-proof shelves for easy clean-up, and water filtration for the ice maker.  They are rated for a 20 year use.

Each space will be equipped with a hot water dispenser capable of giving you 60 cups of 190-degree water per hour.  It is the perfect tool for quick blanching to remove the skins of fruits, or starting your vegetables in hot water for faster cooking, or for brewing that single cup of tea.  The dispenser will be located at one of the two under-mounted Blanco sinks.

Cooking will be managed by Wolf appliances.  We chose induction cook tops that provide perfectly distributed heat and have a 40% faster temperature response than gas or electric.  The Wolf built-in oven has 11 cooking modes including convection, and the Wolf drop-down door microwave offers a generous 1.6 cubic foot capacity with 900 watts of power.  Each cooking area will also have a Wolf warming drawer.  You will find this a great advantage if you like to cook ahead for easy entertaining.

Speaking of entertaining, each kitchen will also have a SubZero under-counter wine refrigerator.     Let the party begin!

When the party is over, cleanup will be fast and easy with two Asko dishwashers under-counter on both sides of your sink.  You can select from multiple programs, including a quick wash that completes in 30 minutes.  These dishwashers also feature a turbo-dry setting. 

Laundry, located in one of the bathrooms, is also by Asko.  These stacking units contain a built-in ironing board, an elegant answer for one of those chronically hard to store items.

Bathroom fixtures are by Toto, and faucets by Hansgrohe.  The master bath includes a heated towel rack.  How nice it will be to start your day by stepping out of the shower onto the heated slate floor and drying off with your warm towel!

David Salmela and Rebecca Lindquist are both perfectionists. The owners of Kiviranta homes will be the beneficiaries of their careful, elegant and functional designs.

Will you join us at Kiviranta?


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