A New Albany estate highlights popular trends in state-of-the-art kitchen design.

The bright white kitchen in a newly built, 8,500-square-foot New Albany home should be considered state of the art by all accounts. “This space leans more metropolitan in style, which is definitely on trend right now,” says New Albany Realtor Alan Hinson.

This $2.2 million spec home, kitchen included, is nestled on more than 2.5 acres in Highgrove, the highest-priced neighborhood currently under construction in Central Ohio located near New Albany County Club's main clubhouse. The view from the kitchen windows overlooks the home's expansive acreage. Light floods the area due to the vast number of windows throughout the house.

Steve Tuckerman, founder of Tuckerman Development Company which built the home, says the bright white effect is a common trend in current kitchen design. White cabinetry and neutral-toned marble provide a striking contrast against the black-stained white oak floors. The white, black and gray palette used here is currently popular among homebuyers.

“I think this kitchen is a peaceful, Zen space,” says Hinson. The ceiling soars to 20 feet, showcasing wooden beams that help tie the room together with a warm aesthetic.

The room has plenty of space for food prep and serving, as well as adequate space nearby for a large table. There is also ample seating at the kitchen's island.

Two additional spaces located near this room add to its appeal. A butler's pantry was constructed between the dining room and kitchen. Historically, such pantries first appeared during the Victorian era to store china and silverware. Butlers would keep the room locked and some even slept in the room to prevent theft.

Although the era has passed, the butler's pantry is still a common feature in some of Central Ohio's larger homes. It provides additional space for meal preparation, especially for large events. For example, the butler's pantry in this home could be used as a staging area for a large dinner or a catered party. It also provides additional storage space. In fact, the pantry space in this New Albany house nearly doubles the size of the food prep area available for use.

A temperature-controlled wine room is also located directly off the kitchen. Tuckerman says the glassed-enclosed space can store several hundred bottles of wine and has an hors d'oeuvres serving area in this space.

Top-of-the-line appliances include two Bosch dishwashers, as well as a Viking double oven and cooktop, all from Ferguson. A Sub-Zero refrigerator and separate freezer are also included. “If price is not a consideration, state-of-the-art appliances are the best choice, which is what we installed,” says Tuckerman. The kitchen's carbon graphite-wrapped sink is unique.

Tiled backsplashes and a Ralph Lauren chandelier are from Hamilton Parker. Marble counters were constructed by Solazzo Marble and Granite.

“We make changes to keep design fresh,” explains Tuckerman, regarding his company's work here and in other homes being built. “We want to be on trend but not repetitive.”