Style File: A Builder’s Kitchen

Style File: A Builder's Kitchen

Style File: A Builder's Kitchen

THE STORY “Designed for a builder’s new construction home, this kitchen started out like any other. I asked a lot of questions and got a feel for the family’s tastes and goals. The resulting space is traditionally styled, with detailed moldings, including corbels on the island and hood, and brass hardware. For a fresh take on the traditional palette, we modernized certain features and opted for flat cabinet panels and a diamond patterned marble backsplash. Walnut on the island’s dining portion—a two-and-a-half-inch-thick wood piece—and the refrigerator’s paneling breaks up all the white and adds warmth. The walnut also complements the stained quarter-sawn white oak floors. A built-in hutch, topped by glassed display cabinets with arched dividers, is a functional yet eye-catching focal point. We also installed state-of-the-art Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances, including a Wolf convection steam oven, which is a real game changer. It’s a must try.” – Duncan Lomas, Vartanian Custom Cabinets

Style File: A Builder's Kitchen

Style File: A Builder's Kitchen

THE DESIGNER Duncan Lomas started off his post-college career knowing a lot about trees, having graduated with a bachelor’s degree in forestry from UMass Amherst in 1977. His first job was with Asplundh Company spraying trees to clear power lines throughout Western Mass., and he eventually transitioned into lumber sales. After years of selling specialty lumber to the Vartanians for their growing cabinet business, he joined their team in 1988 and immersed himself in the world of luxury kitchens. He has been recognized for his creative, award-winning kitchen designs.


1. Backsplash Tile, Calacatta Gold Marble, Best Tile

2. Cabinet Hardware, Hudson Collection in Satin, Water Street Brass

3. Countertop, Taj Mahal Quartzite, various retailers

4. Rangetop, Wolf

5. Convection Steam and Convection Ovens, Wolf

6. Quinton Three-Light Pendant in Aged Brass, Hudson Valley

7. Pull-Down Faucet, Waterstone

8. Monaco Counter Stools, Brownstone Frame with Slate Grey Leather, Frontgate

9. Refrigerator, Sub-Zero

10. Cabinets, “Dove White” Paint and “Fruitwood” Stain, Custom Made in Palmer, Mass., Vartanian Cabinets

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