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AUG 2018

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"You would never do this perimeter with oak raised-panel doors on the island," she says. "This perimeter features a very simple door style, as does the island. They play off of each other well. This entire kitchen has created so much interest from people. They see things they would have never thought of doing…and they like the result." The designers also kept the cabinet hard- ware unpretentious. Pulls on the perimeter cabinets bring to mind cleats used to anchor boats to a dock, giving the space a bit of a nau- tical vibe that pays homage to the water just beyond the kitchen windows. For the island, they incorporated drawer pulls that resemble those found on a filing cabinet. Berkemeyer also designed the island with seating for four, positioning stools at a right angle to facilitate conversation between guests. The designer also added custom brushed steel accents at each leg base. "They add another texture to the space and make the island more interesting," she says. To continue the contrast between light and dark, Berkemeyer topped the island with white marble, which she built up with a 2" mitered edge. The perimeter features median-black, charcoal-colored quartz with a leathered finish for added texture. White 3"x6" subway tile covers the walls, extending from the countertop to the windows and beyond. Its undulated surface offers a rippled appearance while its stark light color juxtaposes against the blackness of the shal- low-depth soffit on the ceiling. "I thought the kitchen stopped too abruptly in the corner," notes Berkemeyer in reference to the soffit. "I suggested that we add the soffit, extending it to the refrigera- tor on one wall and across the length of the windows on the other. It really helps pull the whole kitchen together." Additional dark-hued accents include the deep blue paint that adorns the window trim. "She really likes to include the unexpected!" she says. OVERCOMING STORAGE CHALLENGES To make better use of the kitchen's foot- print and gain a few extra feet of space, the designers removed walls between the living room and kitchen, eliminating a hallway in the process. To provide visual differentiation between the two spaces without adding a physical barrier, they added reclaimed antique beams in the ceiling, extending them into the living room. "Previously, her home had an enclosed little kitchen with separate living room," says Berkemeyer. "Now, the kitchen is more open and looks so much larger. Taking down the wall also made it possible to include the island." Even with the additional space gained by removing the hall, storage was a challenge for the relatively petite kitchen. "When spaces are smaller, like in this kitchen, the biggest design challenge is usually storage," she says. "It's important to make the most of whatever space you have, and to make everything accessible, especially focusing on corners. Taking cabi- nets up to the ceiling maximizes the space. It's important, too, to pay attention to clearances, ensuring that walkways are technically correct and easy to maneuver." To overcome storage concerns in Dunn's kitchen, Berkemeyer included specialized corner organization accessories, recycling bins, pull-out drawers and several large drawers to make contents easy to access. Glass panels in the wall cabinets provide a brief glimpse of their contents and keep the space visually 'light.' "Like the rest of the kitchen, the glass is kept clean, without any mullions, to maintain the desired look for the space," she concludes. ▪ MASTER BATH FEATURES 'BEACHY' THEME Karen Berkemeyer and Leslie Dunn also collaborated on the master bath and a guest bath in Dunn's residence. For the master bath, its overriding theme focused on the beach in reverence to the home's waterfront location. As such, the designers included oversized 12"x24" Akdo Cream Taupe limestone tile on the shower walls and floor. "It offers a linear pattern that supports the 'beachy' feeling of the room," she says. Glassos tops the Signature Custom Cabinetry vanity, which was custom designed to solve storage concerns. "Four big drawers provide plenty of storage," she says, noting that even the top drawers are functional with drawer boxes designed to fit cleanly and neatly around the sink bowl and associated plumbing. "With a double vanity you typically lose a lot of storage, but these drawers really maximize her storage space. Adding an open shelf beneath offers accessible storage for towels." In the guest bath, two separate Wood-Mode Brookhaven vanities, sheathed in a custom gray paint selected by Dunn, give visitors their own space. "Instead of a double sink, we chose to use two vanities," she says. "It's something a little different and unexpected." Marble was used throughout the space, including on the floor, as the tub surround and as the vanity top. In addition to the black cabinetry, dark-hued accents include deep blue paint that adorns the window trim. Berkemeyer added custom brushed steel accents at each leg base for the island to add texture and make the island more interesting. Simple cabinet hardware resembles what might be found on a file cabinet. August 2018 • KitchenBathDesign.com 35

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