Business owners showcase talent in their kitchens

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Tara and Luc Gray open their kitchen for Junior League tourTara and Luc Gray are a husband and wife design-and-build team that has conquered several projects together – including their own kitchen.

The Grays, who collectively own three businesses – his, hers and theirs – opened their home at 3043 W. Kiowa St. to the community Nov. 13 for the Junior League Kitchens with Altitude tour. The fundraiser was a good way for the Grays to help the League raise money for its programs.

But it also gave the community a glimpse of their talents.

Tara owns Modern Maven, an interior design business, and teaches design at Pikes Peak Community College. Luc owns Tola Custom Homes, and does residential design and construction. Together, they own Gray Limited, which combines their forces and also serves as a resale business for the stylish eco-friendly ethanol heaters the couple uses to heat their own little house.

Their kitchen is tiny, but they’ve added space-saving and sleek cabinets and counters for hidden storage.

“Affordability was also really important to us,” Tara said. “A lot of people think plastic laminates are cheap looking, but I think we’ve shown that you can use a good metallic plastic laminate for a nice modern feel.”

The kitchen island even sits on sliders so they can maximize space for company, Tara said.

While the kitchen tour highlighted seven beautiful homes with stunning kitchens and unique décor, at least a couple of the kitchens were showcases for the businesses of the homeowners. The home at 1624 Oakmoor Heights was another.

Unlike the Grays’ small Westside home, Steve Miller’s custom house on almost two acres in the Cheyenne Mountain area is an expansive home with a big open kitchen and luxurious man-cave.

Miller spent a decade working with national builders and just broke out on his own in June.

He built his house, complete with a vast open kitchen, sweeping city views and chiseled granite countertops.

And his Galiant Homes custom home building business is beginning to take off. He’s about to start work on his first design and building project in the Broadmoor area.