When Nina Swan-Kohler and her husband, Ron Kohler, built a new home in Robins in 2005, the idea of hosting cooking classes was a twinkle in Nina’s eye, but a second kitchen was already on her wish list. The forward-thinking public relations professional specializing in food clients knew that a second kitchen would enable her to do more recipe testing for her home-based business. Today, the couple’s two kitchens continue to provide excellent functionality for their personal use as well as for cooking classes for the public and corporate team-building. Making it Her Own Nina began the kitchen design process alongside Primus Construction with her personal needs and preferences in mind. “I wanted a nice big kitchen with lots of counter space, a modern look and a triangular working space,” she said. “I knew that I wanted red, black and cream, but it took me a while to figure out how to make the colors come together.” They selected light maple floors, and Nina decided on black cabinets. Maraschino red Avonite counters add a showy touch on the back portion of the kitchen, while cream Formica counters with a red beveled edge reflect color and personality — without a huge expense. “I love the solid surface, but I didn’t want all red counters,” she said. Not a fan of granite, she chose Formica for durability, affordability and design. “After 12.5 years of use, we don’t have any major scratches, partially due to the fact that we always use chopping mats when cutting foods.” For storage, ebony-colored Brookhaven cabinets were customized with a cutout red circle. The cabinetry offers numerous storage drawers with built-in dividers. As a baker, Nina also wanted a baking station with a lower counter, with proximity to baking supplies and a pullout mechanism for her large stand mixer. “It's so nice to be able to pull out the mixer when I need it and push it out of sight when not needed,” she said. > Above: Nina Swan-Kohler passes a dish through a window from the second kitchen to the dining room. Left: This Fisher and Paykel DishDrawer dishwasher saves space in the kitchen.
Cooking Class Functionality “People love being in the kitchen, and I love having people in my kitchen with me sitting at my counter, but not necessarily in my working space – unless they are helping me cook,” Nina said. “That was a key element to the design of the main kitchen.” But the second kitchen is essential, too. Nina spends eight to 10 hours preparing for each “Cooking in the Kitchen with Nina” class, including time for marketing, grocery shopping, setup, instruction and cleanup. The separate kitchen provides ample counters, storage and appliances to make everything more efficient. “I can set up prep trays for my classes well in advance of my classes in my second kitchen, but we still have our personal space,” she said. “When we entertain friends, I use my second kitchen to plate up foods, etc., keeping the mess out of our main kitchen.” This kitchen features a range, dishwasher, microwave and built-in refrigerator. Tons of cabinets line the space and two pantries provide food and cookware storage. For “Let’s Take a Whisk” team-building cooking classes, some participants cook in the second kitchen, while other teams use the main kitchen. A pass-through window from the second kitchen to the dining room adds an element of surprise to these events. > The second kitchen provides Nina with the space and equipment to prepare for her cooking classes. Building a new home? We can protect you from rising interest rates! Our special Lock and Build SM extended lock option can help your dreams of home ownership come true while providing the peace of mind that comes with locking into an affordable rate. Also available is the option of floating down to a better rate or flipping into a fixed rate loan. Shoot an e-mail or text our way, or give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide the details! Aim High. Bank Strong. Melissa Myers Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #729958 Cell (319) 458-0059 email@example.com Washington/Kalona Area Eric Olsen Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #446561 Cell (319) 330-6689 firstname.lastname@example.org Iowa City/Coralville Area Art Floss Market President NMLS #543221 Cell (319) 631-3379 email@example.com Iowa City/Coralville Area Member FDIC LURE SPRING 2018 27