Linda's husband, Fred Waks, insisted on a built-in coffeemaker. Their Miele machine is plumbed, but other models can be filled by hand. The built-ins aren't cheap ($2,000 to $3,000), but may be worth it if you're a cappuccino addict.
Plan plenty of accessible space for cookware, dishes, and utensils that you use regularly. Linda put deep storage drawers in the island by the stove and also beside the range for storing large pots, pans, and bowls.
Steam ovens are valuable, especially if you fix locally grown fresh foods. The Wakses' Miele Steam Oven seals in flavor and vitamins and cooks most food in less than 20 minutes.
Steam oven; coffeemaker (built-in): Miele, 800/843-7231, mieleusa.com.