US Home and Architectural Trends US Home & Architectural Trends Vol. 29/11 - Page 38

After Before Legend to plans: 1 entry, 2 garage, 3 sauna, 4 bathroom, 5 kitchen, 6 living room, 7 informal dining room, 8 formal dining room, 9 table games area, 10 family room, 11 main bedroom, 12 office/ nursery, 13 closet, 14 bathroom. Above right: The master suite was also renovated and full-height glazing introduced. The bedroom now opens directly to the ensuite bathroom – the bathroom was originally across a passageway. 36 The new kitchen features sleek cabinets in light maple and dark sapele mahogany, which are teamed with Ubatuba granite countertops. The maple matches the color of the red oak floors, while the sapele mahogany complements the window and door frames, and new cabinets in the main living area. “Two walls that separated the formal dining area and original entry were also removed and replaced with freestanding, 7ft-high mahogany wood cabinets,” says the architect. “One of these incorporates a more renovations at double-sided fireplace that opens to both the living and formal dining areas. The lower height of these cabinets provides a visual link between the spaces. It also means the whole ceiling is exposed, which reinforces the rhythm of the open postand-beam structure.” Removing a single skylight above the former kitchen also helped to restore the beauty of the ceiling. The formal dining area remains in its original position, beside an internal exposed brick wall. But the entry opposite