EuroChef Brands Help Restore Dilapidated Kitchens on Stone House Revival

On the DIY Network Series, Stone House Revival, carpenter Jeff Devlin and his team of restoration experts work with home owners in Bucks County, PA to restore houses dating back to the 1700s. With a goal of bringing the original character of the home back to life, ILVE and Verona Appliances help these stunning transformations come full circle by adding modern cooking appliances to once ramshackle kitchens.

Below are episode recaps featuring ILVE & Verona Appliances. Check your local listings for full episodes of Stone House Revival on the DIY Network.

1800’s Living Room & Kitchen

Fred and Elizabeth, home owners of an 1800 era stone house, call on Jeff Devlin and his team to restore the historic charm of their kitchen. Before the renovation, the out-dated space sat on a 1950s addition with metal cabinets, knotty pine paneling and linoleum floors. Jeff outfits the kitchen for entertaining and gives it a farmhouse style feel with top of the line amenities, including a 36″ Stainless Steel Verona range.

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1800s Original Kitchen Restoration

Jeff is tasked with renovating a very dated kitchen that is believed to be in the same spot as the original one built in the 1800s. During the transformation, the team uncovers the original open-hearth fireplace hiding behind the kitchen wall. A perfect addition to the traditional charm of the space, a Matte Graphite ILVE Majestic Range with Brass Trim lends unique style and function to the home.

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Season 2, Episode 4 – Photo Courtesy of DIY Network

1737 Entryway & Kitchen

In Plymouth Meeting, PA home owners Lisa & Tom recruit Jeff and his team to address their kitchen, which was built in the 1800s but looks straight out of the 1980s. Jeff and his team dig into the project, bringing unique historic elements into the the kitchen with an 1800s overhaul. A 30″ Electric Verona Range gives the 200 year old space a modern touch.

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Guest Post: Blythe & Barnett Kitchen Renovation with Verona Appliances

Hi there! We’re Katie + Cara…two best friends and moms who are passionate about turning a house into a home! Your home is where you come to rest from the cares of the world with the people you love most, so shouldn’t it be the place you enjoy most? The best way to create a relaxing environment is to remove clutter and keep only the things that you feel to be beautiful and have purpose.

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Katie recently moved into a fixer upper that had a lot of charm but was in need of a lot of work. The large and spacious kitchen was the main selling factor, but it was also the room that needed the most work.

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First up on the kitchen renovation list was to create a neutral backdrop. We said goodbye to the orange toned cabinets and painted them a fresh coat of white. Formica countertops were replaced with a beautiful quartz and the walls were covered in a classic white Subway tile. The kitchen was looking much better but we wanted it to feel more “gourmet”!

To achieve more of a high-end look, we removed the cabinets and microwave above the counter to create a more open feel. We got rid of the dated electric cooktop and instead installed a Verona 30” gas cooktop with a custom built range hood above it. It instantly changed the entire look of the kitchen by opening it up and creating a more modern look! The trendy configuration of the burners and knobs fit perfectly with the aesthetic of the room.

Switching out the cooktop from electric to gas came with more bells and whistles. There’s just something to be said about cooking on an open flame, isn’t there?! With the Verona Gas Cooktop we are now able to heat our food more quickly, and even have the option to simmer soups and sauces on the low heat setting. The continuous grates give us the ability to move around our pots and pans as we cook without ever needing to pick it up off of the cooktop.

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We finished off the kitchen with modern fixtures, accessories and added a few personal touches to make it feel more like home! The kitchen is the heart of the home and by creating a relaxing environment we now have a space that we can enjoy gatherings with family and friends for years to come! You can follow our home renovation journey on Instagram, at @Blythe_and_Barnett.

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Photography courtesy of Jessica Kettle Photography.

 

 

How Hot Technologies Can Improve Your Kitchen

vefsie304pssModern technology is improving every facet of our lives and the kitchen is no exception. By carefully outfitting your kitchen, your appliances can be safer, more efficient and give you versatility and precision as a home chef.

One technology, which has been popular in Europe for years but is still relatively new to the US, is induction cooking which uses electromagnetic energy to heat foods quickly and precisely.
Like a gas burner, an induction cooktop or range-top surface can handle the rapid shifts in heat settings required in a busy kitchen. And because the burner does not heat unless cookware is detected, ventilation can operate more efficiently.

Other efficiencies in induction cooking are exemplified in such appliances as the new 36” Induction 5-Zone Cooktop from Verona, which includes a fast boil setting for rapid cooking as well as a low power setting for delicate meals. A pan detection system saves energy by sensing the size and shape of cookware and intelligently heating only the needed cooking area. Features like a residual heat indicator and an automatic shut-off in case of spillage make cooking with this induction cooktop safer, too. Verona also makes a 30” induction cooktop and 30” induction range.

“Because induction cooking offers the most direct heat transfer of any cooking surface and features unprecedented safety benefits, it’s become the modern standard for kitchens today,” says Melissa Haber, director of sales and marketing for EuroChef USA.

Consumers looking to upgrade their kitchens in the future will enjoy even more choices, as new induction ranges are introduced, such as 36” and 40” ILVE ranges, which offer a wealth of features like a rotisserie, warming drawer, power boost burners and a multifunction convection oven.

If you are still cooking with old school appliances in your kitchen, you may be working harder than you need to be. When making an upgrade, consider the latest cooking technologies.

Griddle Top Cooking

EuroChef USA offers a variety of cooking accessories to make preparing your favorite meals even easier. Of those accessories, the fully removable Griddle cooktop option, or accessory, serves as one of the most useful tools in the kitchen. Here are our top four reasons why this tool is essential for the at-home kitchen:

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  1. Surface Space: Stovetop griddles have a larger surface space than traditional pans or cast iron skillets. This allows for more food to be prepped at once, making it a perfect option for large families or those who like to entertain!
  2. Griddles Require Less Fatty Oils: The need for less fat and oils during cooking offers the possibility for healthier meals. In addition, much of the excess fat separates itself during cooking and makes its way in to the integrated grease trap instead of being absorbed into the food.
  3. Every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle: Pancakes, eggs and bacon during breakfast, grilled cheese for lunch or a juicy steak for dinner – virtually every meal of the day can be prepared on a griddle top.
  4. Cooking indoors: Traditional BBQ favorites can be cooked indoors during less than ideal weather, so you can enjoy your favorite foods all year long.

For our favorite griddle recipes, take a look at our Pinterest board below!

Verona Classic Professional Range Series Now Available in Light Blue

Verona, crafted in Italy but made for the U.S. market, introduces a trending new light blue color to their Classic series of 36″ professional ranges. Verona’s Classic series features contemporary lines and stunning details that combine the very best of industrial design and cooking performance. The Verona Classic models feature a sleek plinth leg, matching colored control panel, exquisite beveled front plus robust stainless handles and handrail. The elegantly shaped controls add a unique look, and ergonomic feel that is certain to become a trademark of fine cooking. The new light blue ranges are offered in a single oven option with a dual fuel or fully gas connection.

“The light blue interior design trend is gaining popularity with designers and homeowners all over the world,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales and Marketing for EuroChef USA. “Verona’s new light blue color exhibits calming properties that are perfect for the heart of the home. The color is easy to pair with a wide array of design schemes while still acting as the focal point of the kitchen.”

The ranges are fully equipped with a European convection oven that is easily programmed with the digital clock and timer, delivering the ultimate in professional performance. The multi-function convection oven provides seven cooking modes including three baking modes (Bake, Fan Oven, Convection Bake); three radiant modes (Broil, Convection Broil, Dual Broil) and also a Defrost mode.

A full width compartment provides expansive storage capacity while a standard Glide Rack makes cooking large, heavy items almost effortless.

Other Details:

  • Programmable Digital Clock and Timer in the dual fuel ranges
  • Multi Function European Convection Oven in the dualfuel ranges
  • High Powered Infrared Broiler in the gas ranges
  • EZ Clean Porcelain Oven Cavity
  • Full width storage compartment
  • Plinth legs with a tubular option
  • MSRP starts at $4499

Made To Order – The Personalized Kitchen Trend

Kitchen remodels these days are less likely to be done with an eye to resell and more likely to be customized to reflect one’s personal style. With this rising trend, homeowners are now decorating to their taste and furnishing with appliances made to suit their lifestyle.

Fortunately, it’s easier than ever before to get the personalized look and function that is in such high demand. For example, ILVE appliances are completely hand-assembled in Italy with the option to customize and build ranges just the way you want. Homeowners can visit the ILVE Appliances website to see all of the available options, including over 200 colors, three decorative styles—from the Majestic, Nostalgie, or Techno lines— three trim finishes, four leg designs from sleek modern to ornate traditional, multiple stove top configurations and more.

After choosing the ideal look and style for your range, ILVE allows you to take it one step further offering a variety of mix and match accessories. These unique add-ons such as a Gas Barbeque Grill, Wok Ring and Stainless Steel Griddle allow you to customize your range’s cooking surface with the unique ability to change it over time. So if you want to change over from a bacon griddle to an oven top steamer or fish poacher, anything is possible.

griddleAdditional optional accessories by ILVE include a chopping board, bain-marie warming basin and cast iron steak pans. ILVE appliances and accessories epitomize the theory of customizing your space for your personal needs and lifestyle. Each accessory caters to different cooking styles and innovative ways to serve food.

Verona Appliances, another Italian brand also imported by EuroChef USA, offers seven color finishes and two design series as well as optional handrail and leg choices so you can customize your look affordably. The stylish line of pro-style dual fuel, gas or electric ranges, as well as built-in ovens and cooktops, add beauty and efficiency to any kitchen.

Screen Shot 2016-05-25 at 3.42.44 PMVerona’s appliances and accessories are perfect for the homeowner that loves to switch things up inside the kitchen. Many of Verona’s coordinating accessories in the Verona CHEFS PAK are interchangeable, removable and really allow you to customize your range according to what and how you like to cook.

With all these endless customization options, your kitchen appliances have the opportunity to reflect your personal style in any way you can dream of!

Verona’s Exclusive 36” Double Oven Ranges Now Available in All Electric

Verona, crafted in Italy but made for the U.S. market, introduces a new 36” fully electric double oven range option to its exclusive line of Verona electric ranges. The only 36” double oven range on the market is now available without the need for a gas connection. The double oven option is offered in stainless steel in both the Verona N Series and the Verona Classic range Collections. The black ceramic glass cooktop is equipped with five sealed elements including a powerful dual element in the center.

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“The new fully electric 36” ranges give designers and homeowners even more selection without sacrificing performance when an electric connection is the only option for cooking,” says Melissa Haber, Director of Sales and Marketing for EuroChef USA. “These exclusive ranges offer the very best in industrial design along with flexible and professional cooking performance you wouldn’t expect from fully electric ranges.”

Both range options are fully equipped with an easily programmed multi-function European convection oven. Both ovens provide seven cooking modes including three baking modes (Bake, Fan Oven, Convection Bake); three radiant modes (Broil, Convection Broil, Dual Broil) and a Defrost mode. Additionally, a full width compartment provides an expansive storage capacity.

Other Details:

  • Programmable Digital Clock & Timer
  • Multi Function European Convection Ovens
  • 2 Heavy duty racks in each oven
  • EZ Clean Porcelain Oven Surface
  • Full width storage compartment

Classic Collection Exclusive Features:

  • Beveled doors
  • Stainless steel oven & upper handrails
  • Stainless & black knobs
  • Plinth legs
  • 1 EZ Glide rolling rack

MSRP starts at $3849

Verona Helps Outfit 300 sq.ft. Cottage

With Verona Appliances, big things come in small packages! And that’s exactly what renovators had in mind when transforming a small summer cottage into a fully outfitted year round home.

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In Provincetown, Massachusetts Cape Associates, a building and remodeling company specializing in fully custom projects, was tasked with not only turning the 300 square foot cottage into a year round space, but equipping it with all of the conveniences of modern living.

“The Summer cottage could not be expanded vertically or horizontally due to code restrictions so all the requirements for year round living needed to be fit into the existing footprint,” said project manager Derik Burgess. “This necessitated very careful planning and customization in order to fit it all in.”

The kitchen was completed with a 24” Verona Gas Wall Oven and a 12” Deluxe 2 Burner Gas Cooktop. The appliances were specially chosen by the client, he himself being a principal at Studios Architecture.

Photography by Dan Cutrona Photography. For the complete photo reel, click here.

Thank you, Derik and Cape Associates for sharing your Verona Renovation Story and transformation images!