High-arc and restaurant-style spray faucets paired with deep sinks simplify washing big pots and pans. Add a pot filler above the range if you often heft heavy pots of water to the stove.
Serious cooks want pro-style equipment such as the Sub-Zero and Viking appliances in Linda Waks' kitchen. If you rarely need mega power, look at some of the less pricey options.
If children and pets fill your kitchen, opt for durable materials. This five cat and one Great Dane home went with vinyl on the stools and stone rather than wood on the floor.
Cabinetry: Falcon Kitchens, 416/534-2242, falconkitchens.com.
Finishing: Joe Taratufolo Painting & Decorating, 416/726-0470.
Cabinetry hardware: Summerhill Decorative Hardware, 416/787-1787.
Backsplash ("Random Brick" #SMG-001): Saltillo Tile Imports, 416/441-2224, saltillo-tiles.com.
Plaster moldings: Empire Interiors, 416/618-5463, empireinteriors.com.
Antique mirror in desk nook: Vast Interiors Ltd., 905/738-1170, vastinteriors.com. Indoor charbroiler: BlueStar, bluestarcooking.com. Available through Tasco, 416/642-5600, tascoappliance.ca.
Steam oven; coffeemaker (built-in): Miele, 800/843-7231, mieleusa.com. Refrigerator (48 inch); undercounter refrigerator (24 inch): Sub-Zero Inc., 800/222-7820, subzero.com.
Freestanding range (30 inch); freestanding range (36 inch); warming drawer (30 inch); stainless hood: Viking, 888/845-4641, vikingrange.com.
Microwave drawer: Sharp, 800/237-4277, sharpusa.com.
Stainless trash compactor: KitchenAid, 800/541-6390, kitchenaid.com.
Main sink (Mekal professional series, bottom grid, stainless steel); prep sink (Mekal professional series, deep colander, stainless steel): distributed by Kadow & Moura, 905/602-6675, mekal.com.br. Available through Gingers Bath Centre, 416/787-1787, gingersbath.com.
Main faucet ("Tara Professional" single-lever mixer with soap dispenser); prep sink faucet ("Tara"); pot filler ("Tara Tap" with pivotable and extendable spout): Dornbracht USA, 800/774-1181, dornbracht.com.
White canisters: Williams-Sonoma, 800/541-2233, williams-sonoma.com.
Chairs and stools (designed by Taylor Hannah Architect Inc.): fabricated by Louis Interiors, 416/785-9909, louis interiors.com.
Chair and stool fabric ("Amazon"/Rattlesnake #3931-06): Brentano Fabrics, 847/657-8481, brentanofabrics.com.
Chair-and-stool fabric ("Slither"/Dijon #9904/04): Pollack, 212/627-7766, pollackassociates.com.
Pendants over island ("Bracelet Lantern" #PH201, by Thomas Pheasant): Baker, 800/592-2537, bakerfurniture.com.