This kitchen renovation began with a small and barely functioning kitchen and a completely unused outdoor room. The space became a “large” kitchen at 229 square feet by enclosing the outdoor room and bringing it into the living space of the home. This action set in motion design details which responded not only to the particular functional needs of the clients but also; in a unique way to the spiritual needs of the clients.
Upon arriving at the home for the site measure, it was noticed that the clients had an extensive collection of plates hung on the walls. So many, that there seemed to be no more space for additional plates. This observation sparked a conversation about the plates and how the clients loved to bring home a plate from each of their travels. In particular the clients loved to travel to Japan.
The design for the kitchen responded to this with a definite Asian influence in the design. Rich cherry cabinets are complimented with green granite counters and jade green slate floors. The same slate was used in an exaggerated horizontal definition as the backsplash. Additional plate storage was created at the top of upper cabinets. An intimate table was attached to the kitchen in the solarium. The newly reclaimed outdoor space became a beautiful and functional desk with matching cherry worktop. The shoji doors, finished to match the dining room furniture are a definite taste of the Orient.