Stuart Sampley Architect
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Moontower Residence contemporary-kitchen

Moontower Residence

This house in Austin’s Bouldin neighborhood is an exercise in efficiency and invention. The site’s three heritage trees drove the design, whose interplay of Hardiplank, wood, metal, and glass is enhanced by thoughtful details and clever spatial solutions. A cypress wood front porch reflects up the easy-going architecture of the neighborhood and another porch overlooks the courtyard, which offers a private outdoor room. Inside, cork floors, a walnut divider, and built-in entertainment center in the main living areas enrich the otherwise simple and sunny modern space. Frosted glass throughout the house provides natural light and privacy during the day and, filters the glow from the adjacent Moontower at night.

Completed March 2011 - view construction progress photos
General Contractor - JGB Custom Homes
Kitchen Consultant - Hello Kitchen
Interior Furnishing & Styling - Little Pond Deisgn
Photography - Atelier Wong

5-star rating by Austin Energy Green Building Program
Featured on 2011 AIA Homes Tour

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March 7, 2013
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What color are the base cabinets?
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October 28, 2012
Austin Interior Renovations & Statewide Remodeling wrote:
what color silestone is this
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blanco maple
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Sampley has observed that a lot of new homes have a tendency to overcompensate in the kitchen. "I wanted to create a small, compact, very functional kitchen that still felt open," he says. He noted that many potential buyers and AIA-home-tour-goers who stepped into the 12-by-19-foot finished kitchen were surprised to discover that it is more than adequately spacious. Materials are simple: the countertops are Silestone, the cabinetry is painted wood below and pecan above (the "B" side of the plywood, he adds — because he preferred its rich color variations), and the appliances are Kitchenaid. Sampley says that the kitchen designer he worked with laid out the kitchen meticulously, making sure that there is a practical place for every necessity.
Keep your counters clean and clear. In a small kitchen, this can make all the difference. Really think about which small appliances you use daily, and put the rest away. In fact, consider whether you can swap out some of your small appliances for even tinier versions — perhaps a French press instead of that giant coffee maker?

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keep counters clean and clear; put appliances away that aren't used much
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Size of kitchen
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Like a 'U' shaped work area.
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Stainless sink. Two cabinet colors
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stove and hood
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silestone blanco
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gray cabinets and wood cabinets contrast
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Beautiful upper cabs. Used as accent
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white corian countertops
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blanco maple silestone counter
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white counter is Blanco Maple milestone
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A more efficient kitchen design than i currently have. What do Ido with my fridge?
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something like the foot print of existing kitchen
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wood servry
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Plywood cabinets
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just like my kitchen
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white and wood, kitchen shape, pass through
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similar to our backsplash with same counter surface as backsplash for range backsplash. still think it may need more....not sure
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similar size and oening
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silestone color= blanco maple...good for laundry?
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In a small room, it's better to have less upper cabinets as possible, it makes the room feel larger.. lower cabinets create enough room for storage
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kitchenaid gas stove.
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layout is smart
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Could oven go on back wall?
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plain wood cabinets
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Keep kitchen counters clear Ina small space
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wood on top
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kitchenaid range
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Layout somewhat similar to my space
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two colours
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makes me want to find room for this kitchen. maybe less living space.? or, a washer/dryer could fit in this ktchen?
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white counter tops?
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stove and vent hood
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oven hood combo
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nice wood colour same design as mine
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Puddy white and wood Nice color feel
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love all the counter space
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small room and oven cover
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wooden cabinets
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layout? oopen window or full open?
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i enjoy this more, color wise
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Same layout I am visualizing...
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different panels on the kitchen cabinets
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clear & clean
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Keep your counters clean and clear. In a small kitchen, this can make all the difference. Really think about which small appliances you use daily, and put the rest away. In fact, consider whether you can swap out some of your small appliances for even tinier versions — perhaps a French press instead of that giant coffee maker?
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30" GE stove slide in
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like opening to other room
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kitchen shelves
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Mixture of materials and styles
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my stove
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grey cabinets, outlets in backsplash
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best suits to my home
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Kitchen cabinets for small space
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outlets long way
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it is efficient, functional, clean, well-designed,
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bottom corners doors do not allow for access into corners, waste of space
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show Gill - extra cabinets
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Kitchen OPEN to hall
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