Center Stage Kitchen
The Owners of this 1970’s contemporary home love to entertain. The open plan and soaring ceilings create a feeling of spaciousness and are conducive to informal parties. Unfortunately, the poorly arranged and crowded existing kitchen was not consistent with the rest of the layout.
The Owners wanted to open this space visually to the dining and living areas while adding a island and improving the flow. To achieve this, space was borrowed from an adjoining area between the kitchen and dining room which widened the kitchen to allow for an island, and brought the view from the kitchen sink in line with the, now opened, wall expanding sight lines to the other rooms. A curved, raised, counter with stools became a place where guests congregate to chat while their hosts prepared food. This cylindrical form intersects a colorful rectangular wall. The large central island and hood provide a strong visual element from all vantage points.
A room was added as a place for everyday dining. The vaulted ceiling with skylights, and exterior wall with sliding glass doors and clerestory windows provide the kitchen with light and a view to the outdoors. A rolling “library” ladder gives access to a wall of storage cabinets and shelving. A new cantilevered deck is accessible from this room. The guardrail of stainless steel cable and shaped wood cap play upon the materials used within the house.