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APR 2016

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much we are afected by our environment and how good design can make people feel better. "The windows also provide a nice vantage point for looking outside to see the beauty surrounding this tiny home…the water, trees, birds, etc.," she continues. "The natural beauty of the water and sky is really the focal point of the space. My job was to make sure the interior paid homage to and 'framed' the exterior beauty." COMBINE FUNCTION WITH AESTHETICS Because he likes to cook, Blackburn widened the kitchen a few inches from its previous footprint, creating a space where he can more comfortably prep food, clean up and enter- tain. Special features include a second sink – a Kohler trough model added beneath the window – which provides the prep area with its own water source while leaving more than 11' feet of counter space between it and the 30" Viking range. The cleanup area features an 18" Miele dishwasher and extra-deep single-basin sink. A trash bin with Blum's Servo Drive also makes cleanup easy. Aesthetically, schist stone waterfall counter- tops play to the natural aspects of the space, as do the Nova Blue limestone foor tiles and mix of glass and porcelain wall and backsplash tiles. "The glass has a striated pattern that feels like rain or water," says the designer. "And the foor is a subtle bluish gray that, on certain days, looks like the water." The foor is also heated, which is especially welcomed since the house hovers above the wa- ter. "Many of my clients are heating tile foors in the kitchen," she says. "We do it without thinking in the bath, but more and more, I'm also heating kitchen foors." Knotty alder cabinetry mixes with hick- ory fooring and splashes of cherry and teak throughout. "My client loved the hickory," she says, "but since it's 'active,' we wanted the other woods to be 'quiet,' without being too 'matchy-matchy.'" CLASSIC SAILBOAT FEEL Overall, the home exudes a nautical feel, without being overbearing, the designer says. Blackburn exposed the 'beams' and fnished the walls with wood or a hard-surface material, tying everything together with a natural, organic, contemporary style. "These are details one would perhaps see in a classic sailboat," she says. While she included some freestanding com- ponents, such as the dining table/chairs and the couch and cofee table, Blackburn focused on building in many elements, including a large closet that stores everything from clothes to linens to the water heater. "Again, built-ins provide a feel like you would get in a boat," she says, noting the storage closet has proven to be one of the best ideas according to the homeowner. "But also important is the fact that this is a very small home, and my experience is that small homes work best with built-ins, such as furniture, storage and equipment. The more we can build in these elements, the more 'ftted' the small home becomes, and the more spacious it will feel." While evaluating details for plusses and minuses is important in any size home, the discussion becomes especially important when space is a challenge. "Results are always better when you think things out, and I have found that this type of conversation is especially valuable when working in smaller spaces be- cause they can become cluttered very quickly," she says. "It's also important to think about multi-functionality, such as the desk that can also serve as a bufet. Certainly, the more space you have, the more you can play. But I am fnd- ing there is a tendency to think small again… and you can still live a very grand and wonder- ful life in less space." She continues, "Manufacturers are also doing some great things with products and technology that make small-space living a lot more desirable. Even though this house is tiny, he can live big in it." , The cleanup side of the galley kitchen features an 18" dishwasher and extra-deep sink, while an open shelf above it provides some much needed storage. The prep side includes a second sink, 30" range, plen- ty of countertop space and a window that lets natural light fow into an otherwise dark space. Blackburn purposefully located her client's desk underneath a window to allow natural light and a view of the water, docks and outside life. SMALL BATH FEATURES HOTEL AMENITIES To maximize space, Marie Lail Blackburn scrutinized every de- tail of the bathroom, starting with the 'barn door' entrance. "It saves foor space often devoted to swinging doors," she says. Another space-saving feature is the pedestal sink. "We talked about doing some kind of cabinet, but he has the built-in closet and a medicine cabinet, so he liked the open feeling the pedes- tal provides," she notes. Even though the space is small, Blackburn's client didn't want to forego any amenities in the shower. She included both a rain and fxed showerhead. She also lined it with several diferent sizes of Nova Blue limestone tile and added a linear drain. "He wanted to feel like he was enveloped in warmth in the shower, like he'd experienced in fne hotels," she says. April 2016 • 27

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