When architect Bill McCandless decided to build a farmhouse—complete with silo—on 25 acres near Sacramento, he wanted a kitchen with industrial style that wouldn’t seem too out of place in a rural setting. With the help of kitchen designer Chris Dreith, he created a steel-framed space with exposed ductwork and custom maple cabinets from Aristocratic Cabinets (800-313-1057 or aristocraticcabinets.com). There are eco-friendly elements as well: The glass garage doors from Arm-R-Lite, for instance, not only separate the kitchen from the family room, but they also save energy by allowing the heat to be shut off in one wing of the house when it’s not in use (908-754-2600 or armrlite.com).
The unfinished sheet-metal hood, which covers a Vent-A-Hood blower system, was surprisingly inexpensive, McCandless says. DETAILS From $457 for blower; 800-331-2492 or ventahood.com.
McCandless fell in love with a slab of granite, but couldn’t find a matching piece to cover the rest of the 10-foot island. Instead, he used sustainable beech from Spekva. DETAILS $1,700; 404-588-4607 or spekva.com.