This kitchen remodel was an exercise in opening and connecting. There were several strong aspects of the living room that needed to be acknowledged by the kitchen, the view outdoors, the stone fireplace and the main stairway that brings people into the living area.
The first move in connecting to the living room was simply opening it up. This involved removing some walls and shifting appliances away from those openings.
The second move involved the connections. The double ovens sit close to the stone fireplace linking their functions and mirroring form. The position of the cooktop sits directly in line with the stairway, allowing the person working at it direct connection with those arriving up the stairs, as well as connection with those in the living room and the view out the large windows.
The living room, kitchen and dining room are now united, a part of the same conversation.
The canopy brought a third dimension to an otherwise flat facade. The entry door previously sat very quiet and unannounced in its position. This canopy concept was to create an outdoor room that would act as an extension to the interior entryway.
The outdoor room is created by the cantilevered roof form that is then enclosed on the sides by the ornamental grasses that grow up to 6' in height. In addition to extending the enclosure of the entryway out into the yard, this space frames the creek and natural area to the south from inside the door. Photographs of the ornamental grasses line the back wall of the entryway and complete the "enclosure" started outdoors, while the glass entry door and sidelights attempt to blur the actual transition from outside to inside.
The master suite captured existing space within the house and transformed it into something new. Along the end of the house was a long narrow space, originally a covered porch and then at some point in the past remodeled into an office. This office was accessible only through one of the bedrooms.
This long office became the walk-in closet and master bathroom. The concept was to work around the existing windows, of which there were many, to keep the cost of the project down and retain the natural light in the space. A shower, generous bathtub, toilet and two sinks were carefully placed in the space along with two, generous, open wardrobes. Windows that required privacy were covered with frosted film to retain the bright natural light. Then the bedroom, wardrobes and bathroom where connected through light and material into one flowing space.
This stair transitioning into a bookshelf on the upper level is like a two story piece of furniture continually drawing you higher. It sits at the core of the living spaces of the house engaging you upon entry into the lower level. It stretches vertically toward the upper level of the house pulling you higher. And even as you arrive on the upper level it continues to rise to the ceiling where it supports one end of the book shelves.
Like a tree or vine growing up in the center of the house, it makes itself consistently known, unifying both levels of the house around its presence.