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windows folded into the kitchen island and the light grey stucco of the ground floor exterior mimicked in the smooth plaster walls. The kitchen has been designed as an elongated box, clad in western red cedar that penetrates through the glass, projecting to form the pantry, which sits outside of the line of the house. The kitchen sits within the dining and living space and was imagined as an intricate Chinese puzzle box. Crafted like fine cabinetry, the cedar anchors the kitchen as a focal point in the house and draws family and guests into the kitchen. “ Why do you have trouble keeping people out of the kitchen at parties?” Nick asks. “Because you’re in the kitchen and people want to be with the host.” To this end, designing the kitchen to be part of the living space so that


the kitchen becomes a place for

the beauty of the kitchen detailing

The design also focuses on

entertaining as much as for working

elevates the space, making it work

creating fu n c ti o n a l , p r a c ti c a l

in was an important consideration

for dinner par ties as much as

workspaces so that two or more

for the architect.

chaotic family breakfasts. In this

people c an comfor tably work

house, because the dining room

together in the space.

T h is a lso m e a n s th e re is l e s s

is alongside the dining room, the

doubling up of spaces. Rather

island operates more like a serving

“One of the ways we can condense

than have both a formal dining

board, again cleverly making the

our kitchens, is to focus on the

room as well as a breakfast nook,

most of a single space.

number of good quality workspaces

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