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JAN 2019

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for the All-Stars roller derby team within the Minnesota RollerGirls league, of which the client is a co-owner and referee. The blue tone makes additional appearances throughout the house, including as stringers for the staircase, while a deeper shade covers the walls of the master bathroom. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, the brightly colored panels fulfill the client's wish for low-maintenance products, since the 4'x8' panels eliminate the need for grout. They also feature an advanced scratch- and chemical-re- sistant coating, which makes them an ideal choice for the hard-working backsplash. "When he cooks, he wants everything to be easy to clean," Hanson says. Since the thermoplastic is combustible, Hanson incorporated a linear window directly above the KitchenAid gas cooktop, giving it the appropriate safety clearance. The window also allows natural light to flow into the room, while its shallow height provides some privacy from nearby neighbors when the homeowner cooks. While the panels' resemblance to back- painted glass gives them that coveted visual design appeal, they are much lighter in weight, making it possible to extend them onto the horizontal plane. "Continuing them onto the ceiling makes the kitchen feel larger than it is, and it draws the eye into the dining room," Hanson says, noting that the 9' ceiling height adds to the dra- ma. "Since the house is on a small, urban lot – there is only 9' between him and his neighbor – the maximum width of the house is only 28'. That doesn't leave a lot of room for the kitchen. It was definitely a challenge to get everything he wanted into the space, including a decently sized island." The 7'-plus island features Crystal Cabinet Works' frameless cabinetry painted in Sherwin-Williams' Alabaster. It is home to the KitchenAid dishwasher, double roll-out trash cabinet and Kohler undermount sink with Grohe faucet. Hanson topped it with a Vetrazzo Floating Blue recycled glass countertop and ac- cented it with a series of stylish pendant lights with LED Edison bulbs, all of which fulfill the client's desire for 'green' products. Hanson contrasted the light-colored island with darker Crystal Cabinet Works perimeter cabinets painted in Sherwin-Williams' Dovetail. The wall cabinets also feature integrated LED undercabinet lighting to illuminate the Cambria Templeton quartz countertops below. Handless doors on the upper cabinets along the cooking wall maintain a sleek visual. "Our client wanted a modern design style… what we call 'Minnesota Modern,'" he notes. "Instead of having everything white, we added some 'warm' elements, such as the gray cabinetry and stained white oak flooring." ADDRESSING STORAGE To accommodate storage considerations for the relatively small kitchen, Hanson included an abundance of cabinet organization accessories, such as a spice rack, tray divider, corner storage and plenty of drawers and roll-out shelves behind doors. "He doesn't have a walk-in pantry, so we added a lot of pull-outs to make his kitchen functional and efficient," he points out. Along the cooking wall, which also fea- tures a KitchenAid combo wall oven, Hanson created some display storage via tip-up, glass-front cabinets with stainless frames, one on each side of the Vent-A-Hood ventilation hood, that sit atop tip-up, solid-door cabinets. Square cubbies above the KitchenAid refrig- erator and tall pantry-style cabinet provide open storage for special serving pieces, while circular cubbies, positioned vertically next to the pantry cabinet, can be used to store and display wine. Directly across from the refrigerator wall, Hanson eliminated any cabinetry, choosing to highlight it as a feature wall that he sheathed floor to ceiling in Slate-ish tile in Earth. "It looks just like stacked stone," he states, noting that its inclusion is another material choice that satisfies his client's wish for 'green' products, since the lightweight paper com- posite is made from recycled and reclaimed materials. Hanson completed the wall by adding a deko markerboard, which provides at-a-glance access to his client's busy schedule, and a TV, which is controlled via a smart phone since "he's a complete 'techy,'" according to the designer. ▪ MAINTAINING THE LOOK With a modern theme established for the entire home, Ryan Hanson continued the look into the mas- ter bathroom. Sleek, flat-panel Crystal Cabinet Works cabinetry is painted in Sherwin-Williams' Ellie Gray and is topped with Cambria's Swanbridge quartz. The walls are covered in D.L. Couch Marquise wallcov- ering in Amazonite that features a monochromatic pattern of interlocking diamonds that add interest and a perceived texture. All selections echo the gray/ turquoise color palette seen throughout the house. Low-profile trim details around the windows and doors – one of which leads into the walk-in closet that is accessible from the bathroom – further enhance the clean, modern look, as does their black color, which complements the dark porcelain tile floor and Maax sculptural freestanding tub accented with a black apron. Dark accents were carried into the shower, where 1"x1" black hexagon porcelain tiles cover the floor and 1"x6" handmade tiles from Mercury Mosaics, randomly grouped, contrast against a background of light- colored porcelain tile that resembles honed Calacatta marble. A rainhead showerhead combines with a hand- shower and body sprays to provide a spa-like experi- ence, which is enhanced by the Amba heated towel rack. A window brings natural light into the shower. The blue tone of the kitchen's focal-point backsplash is also seen in other places throughout the house, including on the staircase. The hue is not only the homeowner's favorite color, but is also one of the colors for the All-Stars roller derby team within the Minnesota RollerGirls league, of which Hanson's client is a co-owner and referee. January 2019 • 33

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