WHAT MAKES IT MCM?
Original tongue-and-groove ceiling and beams Light countertops Functional design
After weeks of designing and four months of construction, Karen revealed a mid mod masterpiece. Each detail speaks to Joe and Mark’s initial requests and to the home’s original design.
Originally separated by a long wall, the homeowners wanted to create a better flow between the kitchen and adjacent dining room. “In order to provide adequate structural support and not show support posts or framing after the wall was removed, I had the small entry area closed up where the interior support was located. This allowed the necessary structural support without random posts blocking the space and instead, offers clean lines,” says Karen.
With the space’s overall flow improved, Karen transformed Ikea cabinets with custom flatsawn walnut doors and fronts from Semihandmade Doors, and brought vibrancy to the space through two unique backplash designs. Fireclay Tile in chartreuse, white and dark brown ties together the main kitchen and bar areas.
“Original Eichler kitchens featured light colored laminate-style countertops,” says Karen. “I wanted to pay homage to this detail, but chose a durable quartz in a light colorway: Caesarstone’s Ocean Foam. The countertops offer a nice, subtle interest in the final finish.”
The design also offers plently of functional beauty. Serveware and small appliances are stored in a row of under cabinet storage on the seating side of the island, while drawers provide ample storage for pots and pans underneath the cooktop. Rather than allow a microwave to clutter the counter or interrupt the design’s clean lines, Karen installed an under-cabinet drawer-style microwave in the island.
Long gone are the non-mod fixtures and fittings, and now Joe and Mark can entertain in and enjoy a space that Karen describes as, “vibrant, modern and multifunctional.”