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View From Kitchen/Dining Towards the Living Room
       
     
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Appliance Garage
       
     
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Open Stair
       
     
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View of Pantry
       
     
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Intentional Mixing of Spaces and Activities
       
     
View of Kitchen/Dining, Looking Towards Rear Yard
       
     
View of Kitchen/Dining, Looking Towards Rear Yard

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.

Dining Table and Banquette
       
     
Dining Table and Banquette

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.

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Sky-lit Green Tile Above Kitchen Counter

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.

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Connection Between Interior and Exterior Dining
       
     
Connection Between Interior and Exterior Dining

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.

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View From Kitchen/Dining Towards the Living Room
       
     
View From Kitchen/Dining Towards the Living Room

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.

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Ipe Boardwalk Inset Into Polished Concrete Radiant Floor

An Ipe inset boardwalk connects the interior and exterior spaces, while providing a soft surface under the chef's foot.

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Open Stair in Kitchen/Dining Area

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.

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Appliance Garage

The appliance garage includes a panelized sub-zero refrigerator, wine refrigerator, and additional storage.

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View of Rear Yard
       
     
View of Rear Yard

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.

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Open Stair
       
     
Open Stair

The stair was hung from above on metal rods, providing maximal permeability with minimum structure.

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View of Pantry
       
     
View of Pantry

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.

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Intentional Mixing of Spaces and Activities
       
     
Intentional Mixing of Spaces and Activities

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.