~ The home was divided by a raised kitchen.
~ The raised platform left a 7' ceiling and created a pronounced separation between the living room and dining room.
~ As hosts, they looked down their noses, in effect, at guests below.
~ Those sitting in the adjacent rooms were hemmed in by the backside of the cabinets, rising literally above their heads.
~ As you entered, the home was completely disconnected from its woodland site.
~ The feeling was institutional, not residential, to the owners.
~ The dining room was isolated in a corner with an off-center coffered ceiling.
~ The living room was cavernous.
~ The tremendous ceiling height was quite the contrast to the low, low ceiling of the kitchen.
~ The room's size positioned guests far apart.
~ Behind the built-in unit, there was a bonus room-- with no connection to the rest of the home!
~ Do something to connect the spaces!
~ Connect us to the room behind the built-ins.
~ Do something about the cavernous living room.
Solution & Gains
Main counters are in "Helix" from the Nebula Code series by Silestone with the suede finish.
Barn doors slide open to reveal a "desk" counter, recharging station, and their pantry.
|~ The live edge counter connects the home to the woodland surroundings, complete with a stream running a few feet away!|
~ The display cabinets are made of high-gloss acrylic.
~ Cabinets have the Carbone thermally- structured surface (TSS).
Note the lift-up appliance garage door!
Deeper counters permit a 15"-deep wall cabinet.
That, in turn, enables a useful depth cabinet with bypassing doors.
Note the Landon-design pullout hood! It disappears when not in use.
The extension also provides better coverage of the cooktop.
The new west-facing window enlightens what otherwise would be a dark corner.
human-scale (not plywood-driven) countertop depths (30"), a sink can be
quite large and not need as much side-to-side counterspace.|
~ The professional gantry faucet covers more of the sink. This counter is in orbital-finish stainless steel.
~ Note how the SS counter turns up to exactly match the surround counters. How nice to not have grout or caulk to clean!
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