Kitchen & Bath Design News

JUL 2019

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HOUSTON, TX — Susan and Charles Elder had lived in their Houston, TX residence since they were rst married. Decades later and now retired, they wanted a place that better suited their needs, so they embarked on a major renovation with RD Architecture's Kathleen Reardon, AIA, and Susannah Devine, LEED-H, interior designer and principal of the Houston- based residential design rm. "They loved the neighborhood and commu- nity," says Devine. "Susan had grown up just six houses down the street, and together the couple raised two daughters in this home." However, shortly after the preliminary drawings were completed, the remodel morphed into a new home build project that was completed with Tryon Homes serving as the general contractor. "There were only two original walls at the garage that remained intact, and the foundation looked like Swiss cheese because there were so many plumbing changes," she continues. "It became more practical to redo it." MAINTAINING THE ORIGINAL SPIRIT Although the focus changed to new construc- tion, Devine's clients wanted to maintain the spirit of the original oor plan…albeit with a bit larger footprint. "All of the rooms are in the vicinity of their original location," she explains. "All of the parts and pieces are essentially the same, it's just that the house grew up a bit and is now better suited to the st century lifestyle." As the new design plans took shape, they fo- cused on a home with descriptors such as bright, airy, minimal, functional and well organized. "Natural light was extremely important to them," says the designer, noting the abundance of oversized windows that led to the home's colloquial moniker of 'The Lantern House.' Those in the front provide visibility all the way from the living room, through the dining room and into the kitchen, which showcases a stunning, full-height cm Black Horse granite backsplash. "The Italian granite slab splash was the rst nish selection made, even before we complet- ed design development," Devine says. "Susan's father was a geologist, so they wanted to nd a beautiful natural stone in memory of him. When we found the Black Horse, we were all struck by its beauty. We thought it would be a shame to cut any part of it o…so we didn't! Starter Home Kitchen Gets Makeover BY KIM BERNDTSON With a strong connection to the neighborhood and community, a retired couple renovates their forever home where the kitchen is a focal point from both the inside and outside. The seating area beneath the cantilevered countertop in the island is crafted with a ½" plate steel substrate for structural support, creating a completely open space for stools. BOLD BACKSPLASH Serves as a focal point while paying homage to the homeowner's dad 'CLEAN' CABINETRY Keeps the kitchen airy and bright and contrasts with the dark granite backsplash and mid-tone countertops COLORFUL COOKER Adds a pop of color in the predominately neutral kitchen Photos: Juliana Franco Photography 26 Kitchen & Bath Design News • July 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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