Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their two dogs
Location: Portland, Oregon
Size: 300 square feet (about 28 square meters)
Architect Ann McCulloch removed two walls that created a hall behind the existing kitchen and incorporated that space into the updated kitchen. Adding a second doorway improved the entry to the dining room. “I often try to make use of circulation space, because that’s a good way to find extra space in a floor plan without doing an addition,” McCulloch says.
Vaulting the ceiling made the space feel more expansive. A large center island with farmhouse sink now sits center stage, with lots of storage cabinets and drawers. The island creates separation from the family room while allowing the husband, the main cook in the house, to visit with guests while making meals.
The kitchen’s paint-grade cabinets with maple interiors feature European construction and a slightly contemporary style with traditional detailing for a transitional look.
Wall paint: Rippled Rock 0580W, Miller Paint Co.; island base paint: custom blend using Gray Beard D31-1, Olympic; cabinets: On The Level Custom Cabinets; cabinetry hardware: Restoration Hardware; floor: Mutchler Construction; light fixtures: Visual Comfort Lighting
The large paneled refrigerator seen on the left side of this photo has feet for a finished furniture look. There are two types of granite counters: Silver Fox for the perimeter counters and White Macauba for the island. “I like to use more than one type of countertop surface in a kitchen — unless it’s really small — because it looks more interesting,” McCulloch says.
The white oak floor with a custom stain adds warmth.
Cooktop, hood, ovens and paneled refrigerator: Sub-Zero and Wolf; counters from Milan Stoneworks: Silver Fox granite (perimeter) and White Macauba granite (island)
McCulloch worked with a local artist for the design seen on the handmade ceramic tile backsplash behind the cooktop. The cooktop’s hood with liner inside was built by the cabinetmaker and designed to tie in with the home’s traditional molding.
Backsplash: Tempest Tileworks
Seen in the back of this photo, a flat-screen TV above a built-in message center allow the homeowners to watch their favorite shows or sporting events while cooking and doing dishes. Two doors open and slide back to reveal cubbies for mail, keys and daily essentials. A charging station is also included.
The built-ins have dentil molding that mirrors that on the exterior of the house. McCulloch custom-designed the stained hardwood and leather bar stools.
Pendants: Visual Comfort Lighting
Sofa fabric: Brades Plaid, Zimmer & Rohde
Pendant above banquette: Thomas O’Brien Reed 2 Lighting Hanging Shade, Visual Comfort Lighting; wall sconces: custom, John Emmerling, Gearhart Ironwerks
Banquette fabric: OD Lily Grey 34328-7, Clarencehouse; pillow trim: Jamesport Delphinium T30594.515, Kravet
Sliding door: Marvin
“It’s now a real, functional cook’s kitchen,” McCulloch says. “We were able to open the kitchen and interior of the home to the garden and get as much natural light inside as possible.”