Bar seating was the first program requirement! In the end the solution to that challenge proved to be what distinguishes this space. The richness of the walnut counter top compels everyone who visits to touch it. The architecture of the home is contemporary with some traditional elements. Following that precedent metal-framed, lift doors flank the traditional corbels of the cook top hood. The light cherry cabinets with slab doors used for the island and the medium toned maple with stylized recess panels used for the main 'L' and the desk continue the transitional styling. Another design challenge that came with the architecture is the soffit, which had been previously accentuated with a border wallpaper. The decision was made to keep it but make it more subtle by painting it the same color as the walls. The space plan keeps the cooks connected with their guests.