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Hiromi Ogawa let in a lot of light and refrained from using upper cabinetry to make the 8' x 20' space feel as open as possible. "You can see and feel the backyard all the way through to the living room," she says.
Barstools: Bertoia padded barstools
At first, the plan was to connect the kitchen to the rear yard with a large glass bi-fold door, but the roofline was too low to walk under. The bi-fold window in front of the bar area was a happy compromise. "It has a great sidewalk cafe feel," says Ogawa.
All of the cabinetry is from IKEA, but by mixing in a custom bar, quartz countertop, and beautiful bi-fold window, Ogawa and Fisher were able to achieve a distinctly high-end feel. "I think our resourcefulness shows a sense of style and balance," says Ogawa.
Countertop: Caesarstone 3cm Pebble in a honed finish
Range and Oven: pre-existing
Rubber tile flooring was a practical choice that also went well with the kitchen's industrial feel. Ogawa and Fisher built a full-height pantry on one side of the kitchen (the wood panel visible to the left in this photo). This piece was designed to look more like a piece of furniture than a storage unit, but it saves drawer space and makes up for the lack of upper cabinetry.
Wood panels for pantry: IKEA
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