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Executing a Luxury Kitchen Design With Appliances

January 24th, 2012 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf

It is hard to believe my folks bought a place in Needham for $24,000. Of course that was 47 years ago. When I return to my hometown, the residences are profoundly different.

Let's look at a 3 million dollar home. I am not advocating spending or not spending this type of money on a residence, but it is a good idea to look at the high end for ideas.

Let's see what the builder, Metro Construction and Design, built on South Street:

In terms of luxury products, there seems to be two main designs. The kitchen appliances are either stainless steel or hidden behind cabinets for a more integrated approach. MetroCorp was also smart in choosing one manufacturer to maximize rebates.


Shaw Sink RC3018 - Farm sinks (sinks with an exposed apron or front) are a diversion from the undermount sinks as they call attention to the sink as a design element. Farm sinks at one time were for traditional kitchens, but can be used for any style. Shaw seems to be the product of choice for this type of sink.

shaw farm sink RC3018

Viking Integrated Dishwasher DFB450 - Integrated dishwashers with the controls on the inside have become more popular in the last decade. Bosch, Miele, Asko and KitchenAid all have integrated products.

viking integrated dishwasher DFB450

Viking Columns DFFB530L and DFRB530R - Integrated refrigerator/freezer columns have become much more popular over the last few years. Integrated refrigerators differ from other counterdepth products, because the door does not protrude. In other words, the refrigerator looks like a cabinet. You can also customize the sizes and placement of the products. Sub-Zero, Thermador, Miele and Bosch also offer integrated columns.

viking refrigerator column DFFB530L

Viking Double Wall Oven and Professional Cooktop VGRT5486GSS / VEDO5302SS - Cooking is the hardest part in planning a kitchen. The cooktop and wall oven combination allows for two equal size ovens without bending whereas the big professional range has your cooking in one central area. Both options completely change the layout of the kitchen. As I have said before, cooking should be where you start.

viking wall oven VEDO5302SS viking pro cooktop VGRT5486GSS 


Viking Power Pack VBCV48381 with VINV1200 - I love the mantel hoods. Basically, you are using the cabinet as the capture area with the guts (power pack) of a hood to expel air.

viking hood insert VBCV48381

This is a sensational, well conceived and designed luxury kitchen. Many of these ideas can be adapted to really any plan. BTW, the house is on 580 South St. Company is Metro Construction and Design.


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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

Steve has also been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Consumer Reports, The Boston Globe, Bloomberg Radio, the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur, for his knowledge of how to buy appliances and appliance repair.

Steve is passionate about helping consumers find the best appliances for their needs, and he is always happy to answer questions and provide advice. He is a valuable resource for consumers who are looking for information on appliance buying, repair, and maintenance.

Despite being the worst goalie in history, Steve is a fan of the Bruins and college hockey, loves to read, and is a Peloton biker. The love of his life is his daughter, Sophie.

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