Adiron­dack SPIRIT


THE KITCHEN IN A NEW Adiron­dack-style house brought the out­doors in—with tree trunks, a twig sof­fit de­tail, and land­scape tiles. An asym­met­ri­cal de­sign fur­thers the room’s nat­u­ral­ism. The own­ers liked the rugged­ness of Adiron­dack style for their project in the Lakes Re­gion of New Hamp­shire, but wanted more re­fined hand­craft for el­e­ments such as cab­i­nets.

Thus a Craftsman aes­thetic is ap­par­ent in cab­i­nets de­signed and built by Crown Point of inch-thick sapele fin­ished in the company’s Nut­meg stain. The Arts & Crafts De­signer se­ries fea­tures crown mold­ings with brack­ets and ta­pered legs with faux tenons. (A mini-prep kitchen with small ap­pli­ances sits off the main kitchen, with white-painted cab­i­nets to lighten the win­dow­less space.)

Painted in Crown Point’s ‘Lex­ing­ton Green’ with a glazed fin­ish, the is­land has the un­fit­ted look of furni-

ture. It is topped with Blue Aus­trale gran­ite. The stove is another fo­cal point, with a cop­per hood and a col­or­ful tile mu­ral de­pict­ing (what else?) a wooded land­scape.

The room di­vider is out­fit­ted as a hutch on the kitchen side, with re­tractable doors to hide small ap­pli­ances in up­per cab­i­nets that rest on the coun­ter­top. End pan­els have cus­tom cutouts in­spired by Arts & Crafts mo­tifs, Frank Lloyd Wright’s in par­tic­u­lar; mar­bleized opaque glass shows through, lend­ing bright­ness.

All this de­tail is held in a rus­tic room fea­tur­ing struc­tural tree trunks that came from Maine. The sof­fit’s twigs are saplings cut in Maine and on the project man­ager’s forested prop­erty in New Hamp­shire. Beck­with Builders’ de­signer Aimee Bent­ley, AIA, ex­plains the fab­ri­ca­tion of the three-di­men­sional frieze: “Barked twigs were cut, sliced to length, and the backs shaved a bit so they would lie flat. Then they were ap­plied to a ply­wood back­ing that had been painted black. The strips of ply­wood then were ap­plied to the wall, and fir top and bot­tom trim routed to hold LED strip light­ing.”

The unique house isn’t the first to draw con­nec­tions be­tween moun­tain rus­tic and Arts & Crafts de­sign.

This artis­tic kitchen places fur­ni­ture- qual­ity cab­i­nets in a room rus­tic with tree trunks and a twig frieze as a sof­fit. Arts & Crafts high­lights in­clude the Motawi tile mu­ral and ab­stract cutouts.

Ca­pa­cious stor­age hides be­hind panel doors in the large cen­ter is­land, which is used for prep, serv­ing, and in­for­mal seat­ing.

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