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White walls and ceilings, stainless steel surfaces and appliances, and unadorned windows may create a white-box effect for some people, but not for Reeves' clients.
"I suggested a wood island for the kitchen for some contrast and variety, but they preferred stainless steel. I think it may have something to do with their work; they're around stainless steel and white walls at the hospital, so they have a deep connection to this material and treatment," he says. The white walls also reflect all of the natural light coming in from the surrounding picture windows.
"The house is in a less established part of the Glebe and on an eclectic street filled with completely different architectural styles and rooflines," says Reeves. "We've got a two-story home on the left and an apartment building to the right, so this contemporary house is the only structure with any architectural interest on the street."
"They keep irregular schedules because of their jobs, so the informal nature of this efficient, compact kitchen really appeals to them," Reeves says. "Everything they need to prepare or eat a meal is just a few steps away. They only use the formal dining table when guests are around."