In this contemporary redesign, architect Jane Treacy not only honored the homeowners’ request to retain their kitchen’s outdoor view, she worked with contractor Carl Petty to improve it. By creating a more open floor plan, Treacy was able to incorporate an existing dining room into a larger, more modern kitchen.
Floor-to-ceiling windows and 8-foot-wide sliders seamlessly connect the indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing diners to enjoy the peaceful view of a waterfall and koi pond located at the rear of the property. Seating at a center kitchen island was designed to face the koi pond. A separate built-in-breakfast banquette faces a scenic woodland outlook for an alternate view.
The new floor plan also opens up the area between the kitchen and the double-height living room. Its more cohesive design gives the illusion of outdoor living from the comfort of indoors. The use of earth tones, a neutral color palette, and natural materials, such as hardwood and granite, combined with carefully-selected artwork, allow the koi pond and wooded surroundings to shine as the main focal points.