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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.”

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