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Designing for How You Imagine Your Home Will Feel

Before
~ The kitchen was inside its own room within the glass house.
~ The floor-to-ceiling windows limited the expansion of the kitchen, yet expansion was very much needed.
~ A powder room opened right into the kitchen! Moving this room was confounded by terrazzo floors, so waste lines could not be moved.
~ My client had already purchased all their appliances!
I knew, as the narrow drive ascended and I drove under this Richard Neutra-styled home, cantilevered off its ridge perch on 13"-high I-beams, that an inspiring challenge awaited! 

The National Kitchen & Bath Association, at our annual showcase a few years ago, recognized my design solution as the "First Place" kitchen in its category. At the conclusion of the category judging, the judges then announced that it had also been selected as the the NKBA's Best Overall Kitchen Winner! 
[Read the excellent article.]


John G. Wilbanks Photography
Wish List
~ Expand the ktichen.
~ More powder!
~ Fit in all our appliances...

Solution & Gains
As the design developed, I emulated the U-shaped channels of the I-beams, using blackened steel in the U-shaped recess between the cabinets and countertops and below the crown elements. 
~ This same recess appears, executed in stainless steel, on the floating peninsula. Blackened steel also appears as the backsplash and as a frame around each of the Sub-Zero units. 
~ Growing up in a home of the same 50's vintage, I recommended mahogany cabinets, updated by using African ribbon mahogany and a Cuervo stain, with bamboo inserted for the door panels, oriented horizontally, like the patio shades of that same era. 


Roger Turk: Northlight Photography

Hand-cast glass over flamed copper frames the main kitchen and provides a dramatic counerpoint to the glass windows.

Roger Turk: Northlight Photography
The cold-rolled steel backplash plays well with the black struts between the windows and the black I-beams.

Roger Turk: Northlight Photography
The entire ell-shaped peninsula floats 8" off the floor on an I-beam structure.

The I-Beam structure under the floating peninsula

Roger Turk: Northlight Photography
Looking back towards the forest outside!
The main countertop is green-toned concrete (to connect with the site's natural setting), with mother-of-pearl inlays (to add a reflective shimmer that relates to the glass). The secondary countertops are hand-cast glass over flamed copper. The flamed copper picks up on the tones in the mahogany and bamboo and also appears in the custom-built hood that also "cantilevers" off the wall. 
Roger Turk: Northlight Photography

John G. Wilbanks Photography
  
Hammered copper sink

10"-deep powder room counter
George Kovacs mirror


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