Our Custom Wood Countertops blog features the industry’s most talented and innovative designers throughout the United States and abroad. The featured kitchen was designed by John Starck of Showcase Kitchens. This project was selected “Best of the Best” in the recently-held SUB ZERO AND WOLF Kitchen Design Contest. Showcase Kitchens is an award-winning, family owned custom-cabinetry design firm established in 1933. They have two showrooms on Long Island with an affiliate showroom in New York City. They specialize in upscale kitchen and bath design as well as other fine interior work. It is truly an honor for Grothouse to have been a part of this project.
About the Designer: John Starck, Jr. is President and CEO of Showcase Kitchens. A kitchen and bath designer for more than 25 years, John is board certified and an active member of NKBA and NARI. Starck’s designs have won national and regional awards including and have been featured in numerous publications and trade literature. With over 2,000 completed kitchen projects, Starck has a solid reputation for carefully incorporating architectural details while masterfully blending form with function. His passion for design excellence makes Starck one of the nation’s most well-respected designers amongst his peers and has transformed Showcase Kitchens to a design firm that is exclusively by referral.
A Tip from John: Flow of every space is important to its function; when done well, will enhance the family’s lifestyle and enjoyment of the space. For this project, which won the recent Sub Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, we repurposed an underused hallway separating the kitchen from the dining room. The 6 feet was incorporated into kitchen. By adding a peninsula countertop, wine cooler, wet bar, and an abundance of more storage of glass- and solid-front cabinetry, made entertaining in this space…a ‘piece of cake.’
Perimeter Countertops: Calacatta Borghini Marble
Sink: Calacatta Borghini Marble
Cabinetry: Signature Custom Cabinetry
Cabinetry Hardware: Brushed Nickel
Flooring: Midnight Maple
Wall Color: Benjamin Moore’s Ice Mist
Refrigerator/Freezer: 27” Freezer & 36” Refrigerator unified behind stainless panel
Stove: 48” Wolf 8 Burner Gas Range
Other Appliances: 27” x 80” Sub Zero wine storage
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Additional Comments and Advice: For today’s busy families, it’s important to seal and maintain high traffic surfaces. The midnight maple hardwood floor received a double coating of polyurethane; the marble countertops were triple sealed with silicone sealant, which should be repeated annually.
How to contact the designer: Showcase Kitchens
John Starck – President
1200 Northern Boulevard Manhasset, NY 11030
This award winning design can be found in the GrothouseCustom Wood Countertops Image Library.