Untangle a rectangle
Architectural details such as alcoves, art display cubes and soffits soften the strong rectangular lines of this kitchen. These homeowners wanted a more functional and modern kitchen that was simple and clean, but warm in feeling. They also wanted a pleasant cooking space with more functional work centers and a user-friendly eating area.
The designers divided the entire area into three rectangular sections: the kitchen on the right, the center with a grand entrance, and the family sitting and playing space to the left. They eliminated angled entrance wing walls, changed the facade of the fireplace and replaced a window with a sliding door.
New cleanup, cooking, cold storage, dry storage and built-in eating area zones, as well as a small desk area, create a functional space where three or more cooks can work comfortably.
Light maple and bamboo create a warm backdrop for dark granite countertops. Sandblasted glass doors, backlit to glow and create a soft feel, and a checkerboard glass backsplash provide additional relief. The end result is a design mastering the simplicity of straight lines.
This kitchen earned a second-place award in the open-design kitchen category of the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2003 Design Competition.
Designer(s): Tim Scott, Erica Westeroth, XTC Design Inc., Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Photography: Nancy Griffith Photography
|Countertops||Tan brown granite|
|Fixtures/fittings|| Grohe faucets and soap dispensers |
Kindred sink; Mekal sink
|Other||Hera lighting; Glass by Interstyle backsplash|
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