The concrete floor was brought directly into the frame-less glass panel, dissolving the distinction between inside and outside, and connecting one with the sedum garden beyond. Sedum was chosen for a perennially green effect, to compliment the kitchen backsplash.
Existing joists that were cut away from the floors above, when the ceilings were raised, were reused for shelving and a banquette. A 10ft long banquette was floated between cabinets, underneath the floating shelf.
The greenery of the exterior is complimented by a variegated green tile wall, lit from above by a 10 foot long skylight, like reflections off the top of a tropical lagoon.
The kitchen/dining area has an abundance of light and air due to the glass facade, an open stair, skylights, and a raised 2nd floor which allows for 10 foot ceilings.
You can see the transition from 10ft ceilings, defining the kitchen/dining area from the rest of the garden level, at the typical 8ft ceiling. Three types of flooring connect the kitchen/dining area: polished radiant concrete flooring, rift-cut oak flooring, and a wooden inset boardwalk made of Ipe.
An Ipe inset boardwalk connects the interior and exterior spaces, while providing a soft surface under the chef's foot.
A floating stair, without stringers, was designed to connect all floor levels, between the cellar, parlor level and first floor, both in terms of light and sociability.
The appliance garage includes a panelized sub-zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and additional storage.
The kitchen and dining area extends into the rear yard, where there is an outdoor eating space, barbecue, and play space. Adjacent to the boardwalk is a raised planter for growing herbs and vegetables. The entire top of the fence accommodates planters for growing vines to breakup the cedar fence.
The stair was hung from above on metal rods, providing maximal permeability with minimum structure.
The inclusion of a spacious pantry eliminates a need for upper cabinetry in the kitchen, and makes for easier organizing and visibility of pantry items.
The undefined borders between the dining area, kitchen, stair and rear yard were meant to allow for flexible use of each space without specifically defining them.