USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 34

With respect In remodeling this kitchen, the architect-owner took her cue from heritage elements in the 1920s house, but gave it a 21st-century twist A small, dark kitchen that faced a hill to the north was not an inspiring place for the owners of this house to be cooking for and entertaining friends and family. So it was scarcely surprising that something had to give, says architect owner Linda Brettler. “We wanted to make the kitchen much bigger and lighter, so we took over the space formerly occupied by a maid’s room and an old pantry. We created one large living space that we can open up to the sunny rear yard with big French doors. 32 This gives us views in all directions, including a particularly pretty view of the landscaped garden.” The single flowing space, which replaces four small self-contained rooms, includes a television area and a breakfast area as well as the kitchen. A double-sided glazed overhead cabinet provides a degree of visual separation between the kitchen and breakfast area, while still allowing easy communication. “I didn’t want to sacrifice the idea of the older house entirely, however,” the search | save | share at architect says. “I still liked the idea of keeping some point of reference to the original rooms, by giving each space its own flavor.” For the kitchen floor, Brettler chose a basketweave tile with strong diagonal lines. The tiles convey the look of an older home and help to disguise the fact that the kitchen is not symmetrical – the pattern makes the space look larger. “The island is like a piece of furniture that has simply been popped on top of the floor at some later date. It is made from