Best Kitchens

Style and sophistication merge with top-of-the-line appliances and drool-worthy features inside eight of 417-land’s hottest kitchens.

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It’s a place for sipping morning coffee and welcoming the day. And where the kids rush to for their after-school snacks, and where we spend hours preparing food for our loved ones. It’s the kitchen, and it’s one of the most used rooms in the home.
There’s no doubt that we all spend many of our at-home hours in the kitchen, and in the past few years, it seems that more and more 417-landers are realizing this. They’re changing things around, and they’re heating things up. They’re transforming their everyday kitchen spaces into what are perhaps the most extraordinary rooms in their homes.

We searched all over our corner of the state to find a handful of these over-the-top spaces, and what we found are eight of the hottest kitchens in 417-land. From styles that range from French country to contemporary and with items that include gorgeous tile, granite, marble and top-of-the-line appliances, each of these kitchens is dressed to impress. And the homeowners each have distinctive styles, giving the spaces chic designs, sophistication and picture-perfect looks. Take some time to flip through and enjoy, then start designing your very own dream kitchen.—Savannah Waszczuk

A Touch Contemporary

When Teresa Grantham and her husband purchased their 1930s Tudor, they knew the tight footprint of the original galley kitchen wouldn’t cut it. They commissioned home designer Susie Wieland and contractor Adrian Rhoads of Rhoads Design and Construction to help renovate the space so the kitchen would flow with the rest of the vintage home. The goal: to transform the old, narrow kitchen into a beautiful eat-in that would become the family’s central hangout and also accommodate a dozen or more family and friends for holiday dinners and casual get-togethers that occur throughout the year.

“We geared our remodel to having more room while also keeping it as consistent with the original architecture as possible,” Grantham says. “People really can’t tell that the space is new.”

To add additional square footage, the team knocked down the wall between the original kitchen and dining room to open up the space. They repurposed some of the original cabinetry doors—a breakfront with beautiful leaded glass—and reused all the doors on the new cabinetry. The brilliant white finish of the cabinetry contrasts with the black granite and white marble countertops.

Two islands provide ample food prep space and loads of storage underneath. With entertaining in mind, the couple opted for a trough sink in one island; it doubles as an ice bucket during parties. Teresa can fill the sink with ice and keep wine bottles chilled and ready to pour. At the far end of the kitchen, Susie Wieland designed a coffee bar that tucks away a coffee maker and bean grinder. Open shelves above keep mugs and plates within arm’s reach.—T.K.

Favorite Feature: Built-in display cabinetry with custom lighting

Resource Listing

Home Designer
Susie Wieland
Wieland Studio, LLC
Springfield, 417-869-0229

General Contractor
Rhoads Design & Construction
1435 S. Enterprise, Springfield

Mussino Tile Distributors
3045 S. Scenic Ave.,
Springfield, 417-889-8453,

Sinks & Faucets
Harry Cooper Supply
605 N. Sherman Pkwy.,
Springfield, 417-873-9145,

Seminole Décor
1815 E. Seminole St.,
Springfield, 417- 881-5559,

Foster’s Appliance
1928 S Glenstone Ave. # B, Springfield

Buchholz Custom Woodworks
1410 Taylor St., Aurora

Cabinet Hardware
Markley Decorative Hardware
1927 E. Bennett St.,
Springfield, 417-881-2480


Kitchens By Kleweno
4034 Broadway, Kansas City

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