great room/kitchen plan for modular beach home
The intentional design of the kitchen in this Portland, Oregon, condo can be seen in the balance of the refrigerator on the right with the cabinets on the left, and the way the tile and shelves work with the hood over the stove. As this and all the previous examples show, it's important to have an appealing design when one wall of an open living space is defined by the whole kitchen.
The space constraints in this Vancouver house's living/dining space are clear. The single-wall kitchen is an obvious choice, given the width of the room. As in the previous example, tall cabinets bookend the kitchen, with the refrigerator on the left, then the stove and then the sink. This kitchen flips the order of the stove and sink from earlier examples, but it's less important today that people's actions progress in the kitchen from the refrigerator (getting out the meat, dairy and vegetables) to the sink (cleaning them) and to the stove (cooking them); more important now is having a zone or area to work in.
Help can also come in the form of an island work surface, space permitting. This kitchen moves from the refrigerator (out of frame just to the right) to the sink in front of the window, and then to the stove on the left. The integrated design of the lower and upper windows, lower cabinets and upper shelves, and paint color is very appealing.
This last example is another condo apartment with a small kitchen along one wall. I like how even in this confined space, the upper cabinets give the kitchen a rhythm that works with the sink and stove.
The pool house (built by Flegel's Construction) appears quite simple but was carefully designed to serve its setting and owners. The covered seating area is the same width as the pool; it was left open to the elements to preserve views of the fairway beyond.
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