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Modernity Meets History in This Minimalist Kitchen Remodel

Stuart Silk Architects Ltd., Bender Chaffey Custom Construction

Project Name

Modernity Meets History in This Minimalist Kitchen Remodel

Location

Project Status

Built

Year Completed

2008

Construction Cost

$101,000

Consultants

  • Stuart Silk


Awards



Room or Space

Kitchen

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Project Description

How does one integrate a light-flooded, modern kitchen into a historically significant home without disrupting the integrity of the exterior elevations?

For Stuart Silk Architects, the solution took surgical form — with a little rearrangement and augmentation. By squaring out the back of the home, room was created for a strikingly austere yet inviting eat-in kitchen that opens graciously onto an adjoining family room.

The kitchen combines a minimalist aesthetic with the warmth of dark-stained, rift-cut white oak cabinets. Among its most striking features is a sculptural island, its massiveness diminished by two L-shaped, nickel “wings” topped by 3-inch-thick, Calcutta marble shelves. “It seems to float,” said the judges, also noting the project’s “quietude.”

The supports were locally fabricated, as was the custom stainless steel hood that, along with a simple marble shelf, enhances the room’s expansiveness and functionality. The kitchen was part of a four-phase whole-house renovation that received a Built Green certification from King and Snohomish Counties.
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