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The clients wanted a generous-size kitchen built for entertainment and one that could accommodate two cooks with ease. A walk-in pantry just past the main kitchen space provides plenty of storage, while the cabinets were specifically designed for the clients' needs.
A transparent eating bar is made out of acrylic for easy cleanup, and a butcher block island countertop eliminates the need for cutting boards.
Counters: Labradorite Blue Austral granite; flooring: Augusto travertine; cabinetry: custom cherry, Zebra Cabinets
The hood fan retracts into the ceiling, allowing the kitchen to feel more open to the family room and dining room. The kitchen also has access to a deck and an adjacent sunroom, increasing the flow of light.
Whincup and his team emphasized natural light as much as possible. South-facing windows were installed where they made sense, and north-facing windows provide gentler, more indirect light. The large and small windows in the living room (shown) allow light to filter in from different directions without becoming overwhelming.
Wall paint: Surf Blue, Benjamin Moore
Having ample space to entertain was important to the clients. Whincup and his team designed the main floor so that each room had the option of feeling open or private. Colored walls determine different spaces by function, but open hallways and wooden screens allow light and noise to filter through.
Green wall covering: imported silk wallpaper; wall paint: Rumba Orange, Benjamin Moore
The clients did a lot of traveling and had acquired many of these beautifully hand-carved wooden screens over the years. In the dining room, two privacy screens were installed on a sliding system.
Corner sunrooms have retractable screens that allow them to be open or closed off from the main floor. When the screens are pulled back, light floods the interior of the house.
The outdoor deck and corner sunroom are Whincup's favorite spaces in the home. The easy access to the kitchen makes it easy to cook outside on the barbecue and contributes to the indoor-outdoor feel.
A casual TV room sits just off the outdoor living space on the main floor. The couch has informal cushions that can be pulled apart and rearranged as needed. The TV is in a custom-built cabinet, integrated with the wooden screens seen throughout the rest of the house.
The clients had a very specific idea of what they wanted this house to look like in terms of materials and colors, and the firm took direction from them on many occasions. "They have great taste and ideas," says Whincup. "It was a pleasure working with them."
Wall paint: Smoked Oyster, Benjamin Moore