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JUL 2019

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Instead of using it as a countertop, which was the original plan when we started shopping for natural stone, we made the entire slab work with the design as an artistic splash by Mother Nature. It most denitely makes a statement… especially considering that you can see it from the street!" Because the granite is such a powerful and dynamic material choice, the designer opted to contrast its predominately dark coloration with much lighter custom cabinetry crafted by Jim Farris Cabinets. The solid beech cabinets are painted with a pigmented conversion varnish with a clear satin top coat in Sherwin Williams' Extra White to keep the space airy and bright. "My clients wanted the space to be clean and crisp, so it really couldn't be any color other than white," she says. Since there are no upper cabinets, Devine worked with the homeowners to ensure ade- quate storage. "The kitchen may seem small," she admits, noting that its layout acts as a simple gal- ley-style space with just two countertop areas. "But we included two huge cabinet units – one to each side of the (KitchenAid) refrigerator that are built in and recessed with nely de- tailed edges." The unit to the left of the refrigerator is designed as a beverage center where her clients can store their coee maker and a few bottles of wine, along with the associated mugs and glass- es. Additionally, several drawers and a wealth of shelves store everything from small appliances to cookbooks. To the right is a day pantry with pull-out shelves for dry goods like rice, spices and vegetables. On the other side of the kitchen, the de- signer included another set of tall cabinet units for storing several sets of dishware as well as baking supplies, including a large stand mixer. A unique feature of one of the cabinets is a hidden pocket door that, when opened, creates a pass-through to the utility/laundry area, where there is additional storage and a second refrigerator. "I love doing hidden passageways," she says, noting inspiration from one of her favorite designers, th-century cabinet-maker Jean- François Oeben, who was a master at creating hidden passages in cabinets. "In this house, my clients can set a pot of stew inside the cabinet and wait for it to cool before moving it to the secondary refrigerator. The pass-through makes it so much easier to move all kinds of things back and forth between the kitchen and the back of the house." ADDING A POP OF COLOR The designer complemented the granite back- splash and cabinetry with Neolith's Basalt Grey sintered stone, nished in Satin with a mm eased edge, which she used as the island and perimeter countertops, both of which feature waterfall edges on one side. For the island, the cabinet maker cantilevered the seating area with a ½" plate steel substrate for structural support. "It can, and has, supported a couple dancing on it!" she says laughingly. Devine also used the sintered stone as the small ledge behind the sink. "We chose the Neolith because of its material advantages," she notes. "Its color also matches one of the mid-tones in the splash and it makes a nice contrast to the cabinets and the homeowners' serving dishes." Although the bulk of the kitchen showcases neutral colors ranging from black and white to gray, the designer wasn't afraid to add some pops of color, such as what is supplied by the " six-burner BlueStar range in bold Pure Orange. "Orange is one of Charles' favorite colors," she explains. "Plus, he's the master chef and loves to cook for family and friends." ▪ PLANNING FOR MANEUVERABILITY AND ACCESSIBILITY Since the remodel project turned into new construction, the RD Architecture team could better focus on fulfilling their clients' goals, which included creating a home with maneuverability and accessibility in mind. "They had taken care of Susan's dad when he was ill, so they understood the value of having a home where they could age in place," says designer Susannah Devine. That mindset is apparent in doors, hallways and pathways throughout the home, which are adequately sized to accommodate a wheelchair. An exercise room, which can easily be turned into accommodations for live-in help, if needed, is con- veniently located near the master suite. And, both the master and guest bathrooms feature curbless showers with infinity drains and grab bars. In the guest bath, Devine also located the tub filler control and plumbing valves within a countertop near one end of the freestanding tub, rather than locating it more traditionally behind the tub and in the wall. "It's much easier access since they don't have to reach over the tub to turn on the water," she says. "The way the countertop is designed, they like to call it 'the diving board!'" Devine also considered accessibility for the tanks of the wall-mount toilets in both bathrooms, locating them within cabinetry, rather than behind the drywall. "In the guest bath, the tank is hidden behind a door within a cabinet that is all functional storage," she says. "And, in the master bath, full-depth cabinets along the same wall as the toilet gave us the ability to extend the vanity countertop behind the toilet to cre- ate a ledge that provides access to the tank. That same ledge becomes the top of a pony wall between the toilet and shower, before continuing into the shower. "There are a lot of these types of intersecting planes and horizontal blocks of material used in both bathrooms, as well as throughout the home. They are discreet, yet detailed and crafted to con- ceal certain functions while looking like they are supposed to be there," she concludes. (far left) Cabinetry to the left of the refrigerator is de- signed as a beverage center, while several drawers and a wealth of shelves store everything from the small appliances to cookbooks. A second set of tall cabinet units was designed to store several sets of dishware as well as baking supplies. A unique feature of one of the cabinets is a hidden pocket door that, when opened, creates a pass through to the utility/ laundry area where there is additional storage and a second refrigerator. July 2019 • 27

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