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AUG 2019

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SOHO Tile's Crystal Tech White Slim subway tile. "It's a large kitchen," says Alton. "I didn't want a standard subway tile or a small-scale tile that would be too busy. I also wanted to bring the backsplash material into the pantry area to connect the two spaces…to marry them togeth- er (see sidebar, below). This large tile has more of a structural feel as well, so when you look at it, it looks less like tile and more like a wall." The designer also used SOHO tile, this time Alchemy Copper, to face the ventilation hood. "My client didn't have a big wish list, but she did want a copper hood," she says. "However, her budget just didn't allow for it. She was content to settle for a stainless steel hood, but it just wouldn't have worked with the rest of the kitchen so I suggested these tiles. They were a fraction of the cost of a copper hood…and even up close, they look like metal!" Alton added metal accents to promote an industrial vibe, which the designer reiterated via the multi-level shelves that span the length of the wall, including across the windows. The wood shelves, which are oiled poplar supported by iron brackets and accented with LED light strips, were a last-minute addition that the homeowner admittedly wasn't on board with initially. "Now she loves them," she says. "They provide a sight line for the space and their posi- tioning doesn't affect her view." Finishing touches include a newly faced ceiling beam that is sheathed in wood and stained to coordinate with other wood ele- ments within the space. Alton added a new beam above the pantry to tie it into the kitch- en. For the floor, Alton specified large-format 24"x24" porcelain tile, specifically Eleganza Varese Grafite, that resembles concrete to enhance the industrial look. "There are definitely a lot of different materials that provide texture to the space," she continues. "But it's the use of all of these materials that really make the design stand out. This entire kitchen is very 'her.' It includes a lot of things my client loves. At the end of the day, it's very personally constructed…definitely not cookie cutter!" ▪ CLOSET-TURNED-PANTRY BOOSTS STORAGE SPACE While Heather Alton's client didn't necessarily have a lengthy list of requests for her new kitchen, one overriding consideration was that she wanted to keep her countertops clear. "Getting everything off of the countertop was key," she says. One way the designer accomplished that goal was to transform an entry closet into a pantry. "She never used the closet because she entered her house from the other side, where there is a garage and a mudroom," she explains. "That closet in the front of her home just didn't make sense anymore, so we converted it to a pantry. When we combined it with an appliance garage and an abundance of drawers in her kitchen, she now has more than enough storage." Alton designed one side of the pantry as a beverage station, complete with a quartz countertop for her coffee maker and toaster as well as wine cubbies and a wine refrigerator. There's also plenty of room for large appliances such as her stand mixer and juicer. The other side is used to store dry goods and serves as 'home' to the rarely used microwave. A sliding door, crafted from the same salvaged wood that faces the island, can alternately conceal either side via barn door hardware. Alton added a custom door handle/towel bar made from iron pipe to coordinate with the shelf brackets. A diamond-shaped mirrored accent, which the designer fashioned to resemble mercury glass, adds interest. The raised seating area of the island is constructed from individual fir end-grain pieces. Alton trimmed the island's triangular shape with a band of wood, accented with upholstery tacks. Alton's client wanted a copper ventilation hood. However, since her budget didn't allow for it, the designer fashioned one out of tile that resembles the metal at a fraction of the cost. Wood shelves, which are oiled poplar supported by iron brackets, were a last-minute addition that the homeowner wasn't on board with initially; how- ever, now she loves them. 26 Kitchen & Bath Design News • August 2019 PROJECT CASE STUDY SPOTLIGHT ON CREATIVE, PROBLEM-SOLVING KITCHENS AND BATHS

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