Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2018

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STORAGE SOLUTIONS Modern design can also wreak havoc with stor- age since many people want to eliminate wall cabinets, thereby minimizing places to stow kitchen items. "Any time you have minimalistic design, you'll need to look at storage differently," says Helms. "My clients didn't want any upper cabinets along the back wall, so we had to ex- plore different options to find the right balance b etween clean design and adequate storage." As such, she focused on enhancing the functionality of the island by including plenty of drawers and specialized organization for everything from utensils and silverware to trash bins, her client's stand mixer and accessories associated with The Galley workstation. "The island really handles all of the action," says Helms. "My client can take something out of the refrigerator, prep the ingredients at the sink then move down the island and cook at the induction cooktop." While highly functional, the island also serves as the kitchen's focal point, showcasing striking finishes and products such as a Cambria Brittanica quartz countertop that falls to encase gray Jay Rambo cabinets accented with grain- matched walnut panels that were crafted to provide maintenance access to the cooktop. The quartz's marble aesthetic is on-trend, while its composition offers stain resistance and dura- bility. Legrand pop-up outlets maintain a sleek countertop surface and eliminate any interrup- tions in the waterfall edge. A Brizo Solna artic- ulating faucet with matte black finish comple- ments the 4' workstation from The Galley, and is a perfect choice for reaching into all corners of the sink, notes the designer. A 36" GE induction cooktop with Viking pop-up downdraft inte- grates cleanly into the countertop. A trio of Wireflow LED square pendant lights hovers above it all, playing into the modern, industrial vibe while reinforcing the minimalist style. "There is a lot of minimalism happening in the background," says Helms. "But the island, with its beautifully veined, marble-look coun- tertop and waterfall edge detail, The Galley sink and induction cooktop…it all becomes really interesting to the eye." CONTINUING AESTHETICS AND FUNCTION The kitchen's perimeter also boasts elements of purpose and beauty. One perimeter wall incorporates a seamless blending of appliances and cabinetry, including a concealed 'drop zone' located next to the coffee maker. "In minimalist design, especially, you don't want any areas that are prone to messes," she says. "We created this drop zone with doors that lift up to reveal a countertop where my clients can charge their phones and keep notepads, pens, etc." The second perimeter wall rivals the island for attention and showcases Neolith Iron Moss sintered stone that is repeated as the countertop. The latter's mitered edge belies the material's slim profile. "The backsplash is one sheet, so there are no seams," she says, noting the materi- al's heat- and scratch-resistance offers enhanced durability. "The color we chose ties everything together in the kitchen's palette. We were oper- ating in a range of neutrals from white to black combined with lighter natural and amber wood tones, and the backsplash and countertop has both browns and blacks to bring it all together." To maintain a relatively uninterrupted backsplash, Helms again utilized Legrand out- lets. "These pop-outs are a bit sleeker and look more modern than a traditional outlet," she says, noting their facade conceals the prongs. The back wall also includes a second sink – an oversized, single-bowl model – which eases cleanup and is conveniently located next to the dishwasher. "My client can work at the island, then reach behind her to access the cleanup sink and dishwasher," she says. "It's an efficient assem- bly line of workflow." A bank of deep drawers, accessorized with pegs to securely store and organize bowls and plates, is positioned between the dishwasher and GE Monogram wine refrigerator. Grain- matched walnut sheaths the entirety. "We knew there would be a lot of white, and my clients wanted something to warm up the space," says the designer. "The natural wood grain fit the bill and fulfills the warm compo- nent in the modern, warm and minimalistic design style my clients wanted. "While this kitchen may look simple, there is actually a lot of technology and know-how that goes into designing a modern space," she adds. "It isn't as simple as it looks. For example, seemingly unassuming lines, such as the back of this kitchen's island with its four equally sized drawers, can make a design statement. And, you have to be careful of those lines be- cause they are, sometimes, all there is to notice." "This entire home defies the expected," she concludes, "even down to its modern-framed shopping glass windows that offer views to the backyard…where there is a pool, prairie and pasture with cows." ▪ MINIMALISTIC DESIGN, WALNUT MAKE REPEAT APPEARANCES IN THE MASTER BATH Brenda Helms continued the modern, warm and minimalistic design theme into the master bath- room, where she echoed handleless design in the custom white double vanity. "We wanted to incorporate many of the same ele- ments used in the kitchen throughout the rest of the home," she says. Walnut makes a repeat appearance, too, this time as the feature for an entire wall. Black maintains a statement presence as well by sheathing the wall be- hind the expansive mirror and beneath the floating vanity. The shadowy hue also serves as an accent in the plumbing fixtures at the sink and in the pebble flooring in the shower. "The black wall is a simple solution that gives a big impact," she says, noting it sets off the mirror with- out being an official frame. At the opposite end of the color spectrum, white quartz tops the vanity and complements honed mar- ble on the floor and in the shower. "The juxtaposition of the colors provides a nice contrast with an organic modern touch," Helms concludes. Pop-up and pop-out outlets maintain the sleek, modern design, minimizing interruptions in surfaces. Handleless design was an important consideration for the kitchen where even the refrigerator/freezer columns are sans handles. While highly functional, the island also serves as the kitchen's focal point, showcasing an array of striking finishes and products, including the mar- ble-look quartz countertop with waterfall edge. 34 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2018 PROJECT CASE STUDY

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