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All of the cabinets in the kitchen were custom designed by Parker and Sidhu. Although stylistically they were inspired by famed architecture firm Greene and Greene, they also put a huge emphasis on reclaimed materials. "Using reclaimed woods saved on material costs, but added a lot of time," Parker says.
Reclaimed fir was used for the cabinetry, shelving and window frames. The flooring is made of salvaged oak topnail, which blends with the rest of the home. Where reclaimed materials weren't used, the couple opted for hard-wearing materials such as the honed black granite countertops and the backsplash from the Ann Sacks Element series.
Because the kitchen is a small space, Parker wanted to allow for as much natural light as possible. "It's hard to describe the quality of sunlight in the Pacific Northwest, but it's often muted and filtered by layers of cloud," he says. "So the quantity and placement of windows was crucial."
Parker concentrated the windows in the kitchen to the east and the north, which captures morning light from the patio and garden. "The small size of our house made the connection to the outside that much more important," he says. For additional lighting, Parker installed pendants over the counter from Rejuvenation.
The kitchen table is the heart of this kitchen. It's made out of a ship's hatch that Parker's father found on the beach in the 1960s. "It was fun to be able to incorporate this family relic into the design," he says.
Since space was such an issue, Parker and Sidhu decided to avoid using a lot of above-counter cabinetry and instead put shelving on one of the interior walls.