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Urban Retreat contemporary kitchen

Urban Retreat

The 364 square foot lower level of this historic row house in Georgetown is intended to be an urban retreat for an eternal bachelor. The overall goal was to create a sanctuary of modern living: efficient, clean, and minimal. One of the greatest challenges was to fit a large amount of program into the narrow 14' width, including kitchen, powder room, sitting space, mechanical area, and washer / dryer, while maintaining as much open floor area as possible. The other challenge was to create an effect of light and openness, within what had previously been a dark and uninviting basement.

Design Strategy

Two storage volumes define either side of the space: along one edge glossy white kitchen cabinets line the wall, terminating in a cantilevered wine bar, and along the opposite edge a series of sliding doors conceal the more functional aspects of program: powder room, mechanical units, and washer-dryer. The existing chimney along this wall was retrofitted to accommodate the television and custom cabinetry, including additional wine storage below. These two linear volumes serve to frame the space, while glass planes traverse at each end. A sliding wall of backlit translucent panels hides the existing basement windows along the street façade, and a folding glass wall opens onto the rear garden, The result is a light, airy space that visually expands from interior to exterior.

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nobanzi added this to pyjama lounge
April 25, 2014
amelianeill added this to living rm ideas
March 15, 2014
Doors. Maybe have them leading onto quarter circle decking.
gemmabest added this to Clyde - External
March 4, 2014
mchevchek added this to TV
February 25, 2014
again clean but similar to my comments to the right. i know its hard to completely remove the look of a tv in a space.
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February 20, 2014
fireplace surround
alidela added this to General ideas
February 18, 2014
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January 1, 2014
salkar6 added this to Sunroom
November 5, 2013
like the pannelling for the sunroom - tv with shelves
570352 added this to 570352's Ideas
September 25, 2013
skinlady2 added this to Living Room
September 10, 2013
Glass wall
ucampia added this to Bathroom ideas
September 2, 2013
nice lighting
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August 30, 2013
patio accordion door
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July 31, 2013
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July 21, 2013
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July 16, 2013
lumiere marche
David Jones added this to Exterior Architectural/Landscaping Details
June 11, 2013
Urban Retreat by KUBE architecture
derekbid added this to Kitchen Ideas
June 11, 2013
wallbuilt out 4 tv
REBECCA NEWMAN added this to Kitchen Ideas
June 8, 2013
like the floor
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May 5, 2013
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April 12, 2013
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April 12, 2013
Lights close to the floor under the tv
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April 3, 2013
Entertainment ideas
Anita Foster added this to Casita
April 3, 2013
hideaway bed....goood idea
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April 2, 2013
Lights on floor
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March 21, 2013
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March 3, 2013
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February 28, 2013
bmausolf added this to bmausolf's ideas
February 26, 2013
very clean--nice the way the tv comes out
claudeny added this to claudeny's ideas
February 23, 2013
I loved the chair
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February 20, 2013
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February 15, 2013
Small can be beautiful...
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February 8, 2013
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January 27, 2013
Great idea!
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January 22, 2013
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January 17, 2013
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January 16, 2013
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January 13, 2013
casita doors
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December 27, 2012
She'll chair
lhar411 added this to combined ideas (L and I)
December 12, 2012
door design that enables big opening onto deck from kitchen
lhar411 added this to lhar411's ideas
December 9, 2012
Like the door.
petewachter added this to Living room 5111
November 19, 2012
Ledge under tv
Ludmila Vechernikova added this to ludmila_vechernikova's Ideas
November 1, 2012
Стиль гостиной, освещение
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October 27, 2012
skminamherst added this to Basement update
October 21, 2012
Folding glass door
Elizabeth Kam added this to lizkam's ideas
October 2, 2012
Beautiful folding glass wall/door
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September 25, 2012
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September 20, 2012
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September 7, 2012
tv set into wall
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August 28, 2012
Pyjama chairs
ratulmitra added this to ratulmitra's 10th floor ideas
July 27, 2012
great idea for the small living room
Richard Butler added this to Preston Road Studio
July 14, 2012
awesome lighting - in the side walls?! maybe
Tejinder Sekhon added this to Outdoor ideas
June 29, 2012
wall unit. low down lights
scubaj18 added this to scubaj18's ideas
June 4, 2012
sliding doors
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May 2, 2012
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May 1, 2012
Folding doors
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April 16, 2012
Basement lighting
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March 31, 2012
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March 19, 2012
tv fireplace wall
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March 4, 2012
Space design
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March 1, 2012
Modern theme
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February 26, 2012
manali added this to manali's ideas
February 20, 2012
If this kind of doors can be done for loung area.
Pat Dickinson Design added this to Basement
February 18, 2012
Ingenious! Well executed.
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February 16, 2012
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February 16, 2012
glass door
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February 16, 2012
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February 15, 2012
nic75 added this to kitchen
February 15, 2012
love the way this door opens ( wide)
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February 15, 2012
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February 15, 2012
Patio Hinged Door
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February 14, 2012
idea for dining room and the outside area
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February 13, 2012
Hidden area
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February 6, 2012
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February 6, 2012
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