The home is a craftsman style in a traditional neighborhood. Over the course of the 15 years they’ve lived there, the homeowners have developed a love of modern design. Knowing that a complete break from the traditional style would be out of place with both the rest of the house and the neighborhood, the clients are looking to blend the two styles to work with what they have, while showcasing some of the modern design elements they’ve come to love.
The transitional design includes classic shaker style cabinets paired with a couple of back-painted glass, slab-front wall cabinets, back-painted glass backsplash, and a waterfall edge of the island countertop.
Some of the design elements that made the project so successful in the end presented challenges during design and construction. The upper back-painted cabinets are equipped with Servo motors to open and close automatically with just a light touch. Because they are bifold doors that come within a few inches of the ceiling, it was necessary to calibrate a setting that allowed maximum access without bumping the ceiling. Specific power requirements also had to be determined and met.
The clients chose a one-of-a-kind quartzite countertop. This natural stone typically has a high level of veining and variation that make it incredible beautiful and unique. No two slabs are exactly the same. It can also be fragile before being installed. One of the slabs the client selected split during the fabrication process. A new slab had to be selected.
The new plan includes major reconfiguring of space with the two peninsulas being replaced with an L-shaped island, a long wall being cut back significantly, and all appliances being relocated.