By Claudia Johnson, Honest Abe Living, Sept.-Oct. 2014
The kitchen really is the heart of a home. It is far more than a location from which sustenance is distributed. A kitchen pulsates with daily activity and beats to the rhythms of life’s milestones. Because food itself is so tightly intertwined with a family’s celebrations and sorrows, the practicality of a kitchen is overshadowed by one’s personal perception, interpretation and memory.
One challenge of kitchen design becomes how to balance utilitarian needs with aesthetic desires. To be practical, at the very least a kitchen must have a stove, sink, refrigerator and storage space. Modern life demands far more – microwave, dishwasher and small appliances. Beyond that, the options are endless. Even those homeowners who know exactly what they want in necessities and amenities must make choices about those items – countertops, lighting, appliance finishes, cabinetry, fixtures, flooring – a plethora of possibilities.
Fortunately, with more than 6,000 homes designed by Honest Abe and occupied throughout the United States and several foreign countries, the Honest Abe design team, working closely with sales representatives, have extensive experience in listening to a customers’ ideas and designing what is envisioned.
The textures, grains, patterns and scents of log homes and timber frame homes quite naturally stimulate the senses and often evoke a strong emotional response. The experience of living in a log or timber frame home is tactile and visual. All design choices, each room scape and every decorative touch speaks about and whispers to the homeowner.
These six pages of kitchens in Honest Abe Living‘s September/October 2014 edition illustrate how utility, imagination, creativity, technical skill and heart have resulted in kitchens that enhance the home and etch the memory.