"The kitchen is the living center of home life these days, a place where everyone loves to spend time," Horowitz explains. "We wanted to embrace this and celebrate the kitchen space. Thus, it has the cathedral ceiling, the views outdoors, and can be used in a number of ways." Flexibility was built in, providing places for cooking, drinking morning coffee, gathering, having a meal or doing homework.The cathedral ceiling gives this kitchen an open feeling, making it seem larger than it really is. The skylights and glass doors let the light from the southern exposure flood the space. These doors also extend the kitchen out onto the patio, providing access both physically and visually. The large custom Belgian linen pendants make a style statement that stands up to the scale of the ceiling, yet blend with all of the natural textures and colors in the room. Floors throughout the first floor are heart pine.