Here on the Sweeten blog, we aim to translate insight from NYC renovators and contractors into information you can use to make better decisions about improving your home. One surprising lesson we’ve learned from more than a few great kitchen renovations is that appliances don’t have to fade into the background of a beautiful space – they can play a starring role. The stove, in particular, is a workhorse fixture that can double as the centerpiece of a thoughtful kitchen, sometimes even worth designing around altogether, and a big signal of a newly-renovated kitchen for anyone who might be looking at re-sale value. This week: we’ve rounded up a few of those unlikely “star” kitchen stove appliances from Sweeten renovation projects.
Starring Kitchen Stoves
Instantly recognizable for its signature red knobs, the Wolf Range is made of stainless steel and has four surface-sealed burners and dual-stacked low and high heat settings. Dan and Mike in Hell’s Kitchen coordinated cookware and cutlery to match the bold red color against the warm backdrop of natural and synthetic wood finishes.
Viking Range has become synonymous with performance. The 3 Series Gas Range has five surface-sealed burners and self-cleans by burning off residue in the oven. Robyn and Alejandro in Brooklyn’s Columbia Waterfront district oriented the entire design of their brand new kitchen around this sparkling Viking model.
Made in Italy, the Bertazzoni Master Series Gas Range is a dominant player in the high-end stove world. The cooktop has four dual-ring (outer and inner) surface burners which control flames and distribute heat more uniformly. Bernice and Davison on the Upper West Side topped off their imported Italian porcelain floor tiles with a Bertazzoni Gas Range to complete their kitchen transformation.
The Samsung Gas Range keeps sophisticated techies in mind with its intuitive and sleek touch-screen control panel. The flexible cooktop has five surface-sealed burners as well as a large capacity oven to accommodate multiple dishes at once. Lee in Midtown East swapped in a new Samsung stove that complements the seamless IKEA cabinet lines in his minimalist kitchen.
Unlike some gas ranges with surface-sealed burners, the Capital Culinarian Range is an outlier known for its high-BTU open burners that provide maximum control and even heat distribution – excellent for wok cooking and stir-frying. An Upper East Side family that loves to cook selected a Capital Culinarian range with an understated “British racing green” finish for ultimate function and durability.
The Whirlpool gas range offers a more vintage and relaxed look with five dual-powered burners and edge-to-edge cooking grates that span the entire cooktop. Inspired by Scandinavian design, a Clinton Hill couple installed a simple, white Whirlpool stove for a more austere, low-tech feel.
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