KITCHEN AND BATHROOM RENOVATION
The clients were unabashed gourmands and had a deep appreciation of and sense for honest materials. We were asked to focus on the connection to the outside, develop an understated yet sensuous character of space and create an airy openness.
The kitchen was developed with two “elements”, one being the bold and strong (cooking counter and pantry cabinets) and the other more muted and recessed (sink area and appliance wall). On the east wall the cooking counter and on the north wall the pantry cabinets are intentionally treated as furniture, standing out with dark green-gray lacquered panels and soapstone countertop. The opposite west wall is “carved” out of the volume of the kitchen. The west “volume”, its stainless steel counter, and cabinets with muted multiple shades of light grays is intended to recede like a landscape in morning mist. The southern wall has been completely opened with new retractable glass doors extending the kitchen space onto a new fieldstone landing and steps leading to a patio.
The bathroom was reconceived as a simplified and sensuous space, made by fusing two contrasting folded elements, a light one folding from floor to wall and a dark one folding at a corner. The existing window was enlarged to provide a luminous glow within the new shower enclosure, and as a “lantern” for the master bath. The material choices were informed by the concept, vertical basalt strips as the dark element and statuary marble as the light element. A floating custom walnut vanity provides a warm anchor for the abstracted space. A custom mirror was transformed into a light fixture by sandblasting the mirroring from the upper and lower edges and placing LED lighting behind.