Your One Million Dollar (or More!) Kitchen
Nancy Hugo CKD
For storing your fruits and vegetables, Krasner and Cassidy suggest Sub-Zero as one of the highest-quality refrigerator lines — and one of the most expensive. Their Pro 48 Series with a glass door comes with a high price tag of almost $16,000, but spares nothing in terms of its features and amenities, such as a touch-and-glide crisper, spill-proof glass shelves, and an exterior temperature display.
Nothing spells luxury in the world of stovetops and ovens more than La Cornue. A French manufacturer whose products were found in even Julia Child's kitchen, La Cornue allows you to custom design everything on your oven and stovetop, including the color, trim, and type of range. While frugal models are possible, if you start with the Grand Palais 180 you could very well build a $100,000 appliance, just like celebrities George Clooney and Brad Pitt have. Considered the crown jewel of La Cornue's Château series, the Grand Palais comes with both a gas and electric oven and six cook top ranges.
With your range installed, you’ll want to give it the perfect backdrop. Cassidy recommends Walker Zanger, that offers superior tile choices that could cost you anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000.
For the most extravagant option, though, purchase LuxTouch’s diamond-studded tiles, which will give you a sparkling view while you whip up the perfect meal (for anywhere from $100,000 to $1 million per square meter).
For convenience and durability, Krasner recommends an apron-front sink that’s large enough to allow you to lay your biggest cutting board flat. For luxury, though, she recommends Rachiele’s line of copper stainless sinks. Of all of the options available, the priciest one will ring up to about $6,000.
While you may have a sink installed, Krasner says that almost every single one of her high-end clients insists on putting in a pot-filler over their range. Is it a necessity? With models costing up to $1,000 without installation, certainly not, but if money is no object, then they’re a must.
While your copper Rachiele sink is nice for hand-washing, you’ll also want to install a dishwasher for the heavy-duty work. You'll want to outfit your kitchen with the most efficient and professional version, and Fisher Paykel's drawer series is among the best — and most expensive at $1,149. The multi-drawer companion can hold up to 14 place settings and performs nine different wash cycles with delayed start and eco-friendly options.
When working with high-end clients, says Krasner, wine refrigerators are almost always requested. Cassidy suggests keeping everything consistent, so a Sub-Zero option like their $7,700 WS 30 model would be an ideal model, with advanced temperature settings in two different zones and the capacity to hold up to 147 wine bottles.
These days, almost every luxurious kitchen has a stylish countertop, and for top-of-the-line selections, Cassidy recommends looking to caesarstone to outfit your kitchen. Costing almost $70 per square foot, your countertops and island could cost you up to $5,000 to design.
Lighting is important to keep in mind for your kitchen because it not only provides you with a practical workspace but it also sets the mood in which you can enjoy your culinary adventures. Cassidy recommends seamless square pendants for over the counter lighting, which she estimates costing $1,000 a piece, and says that there should be no less than three for optimum lighting.
No. 8 Lighting
Along with the other kitchen appliances that walk a fine line between necessity and luxury, an ice maker is always requested when Krasner designs kitchens for higher-end clients. Sub Zero’s UC 15I model provides top-of-the-line ice making and offers 25 pounds of ice any time you need it, and at a $4,000 price tag.
If you’re going all out, then don’t skip a wood-burning oven, says Krasner. Depending on makeup and design, your oven can cost you up to $10,000, but at least your pizzas will taste good, right?
Your stove may be pricy, but that's not to say you should start saving on a shortcut appliance like a microwave. Krasner recommends KitchenAid's Architect Series, which is priced around $2,000. A beautiful glass-touch display allows you to choose between regular and convection cooking options that come with helpful features like a temperature conversion system.
For smoothies, sauces, and purées, Vitamix’s XL Blender System provides the highest quality performance for up to 1 ½ gallons of liquid, and at almost $2,000, it’s quite the investment.
If you’re as passionate about your in-house brews as a Starbucks barista, the La Pavoni Espresso Maker will all but transport you to the streets of Rome with the cup of joe it makes, and probably costs more than a plane ticket to get there, too, at $3,333. The Pavoni comes with a steam wand, hot water tap, and a sleek stainless steel exterior.
If your morning’s not complete without a piece of toast, then you have to buy only the best toaster. Equipex’s Sodir Toaster Oven will cost you around $700, and with two shelves, a controlled timer, and high-performance cheese melting capabilities, it's probably worth it.
If you set aside your skill level of cooking or the practicality of a cookware line and think only think about luxury, you’ll get Mauviel’s copper collection. With a set of copper cookware starting at $2,000, you could likely rack up your bill well past $5,000 with additional pieces.
With no budget to live by, Hermes cutlery collections provide you with some of the most expensive options available. Just a set of dinner forks and knives costs you around $1200, and that’s not including your spoons or oyster forks.
As we saw from Claudio Celiberti’s 1.6 million kitchen, crystal is king when money is no object, so make sure you outfit your glassware with Waterford’s crystal line. Be ready to pay up, though, because for only a set of 2 wine glasses, Waterford charges around $200, so outfitting an entire kitchen can get pricey.
While you’re producing food out of the most luxurious kitchen, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating off of the most indulgent dinnerware. Ranging in type and designs, Royal Copenhagen’s line of plates can cost you anywhere from $1200 to $5000 for a set of six, and that’s just starting at the dinner plate.
Put any food experts into a room and ask them to determine the best line of knives and they’ll go back and forth between German and Japanese brands all day. The most expensive line available to you at Williams Sonoma is this five piece set by Zwilling, and it costs around $5000.