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Northshore Home Fall 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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32 FALL 2018 ing and bright gathering place," the homeowner says. Designer Núñez envisioned the project—the kitchen and adjacent spaces—as one open, well-lit area. "I wanted to create a cozy feel without it seeming aus- tere," Núñez says. The work started with tearing down the kitchen and a greenhouse that would become an indoor patio and bar. Núñez oversaw the complete interior design, from architectural layouts to planning furniture, textures, finishes, and color schemes. Today, the kitchen is a vision of soft shades of white, bracketed both ends by dove-gray walls, one with an array of stainless steel appliances. The kitchen's new open design affords the homeowners views of gardens in the front and back, and a courtyard with a fountain. The new large island provides seating, cooking, and work areas, perfect for bringing groups together. Bolstering the clean look is a variety of storage options, with sleek custom cabinets and closets that provide a place for everything yet fade away. The warm notes of teakwood show up in open shelving and a stunning table designed and built by Coleman. White surfaces, including Silestone countertops, a rippled glass tile backsplash, and cabinet and closet doors, play beau- tifully off the wood's textural element. Coleman's handcrafted furniture adds warmth and artistry. In the adjacent dining room is a corner cabinet of bubinga, English sycamore, and mahogany, which Coleman carved with a floral pattern that cuts through sycamore to reveal darker mahogany underneath. Mahogany strips separate the "panes." kitchens The adjoining indoor patio is a beautiful space lit by four sky- lights. Shots of color ring out in a yellow easy chair, vibrant paint- ings, one by McLaughlin, and a striking planter built by Coleman from the original teak countertop. A heated bluestone floor and origi- nal redwood paneling add to the natural feel, as Núñez says, "bring- ing the outside in." Flanking the patio are a bar and floating desk. Hidden within the pristine kitchen are complex details that required creative solutions. One challenge was installing radiant heat without raising the floor. McLaughlin created a new subfloor between the joists, making room for radiant piping. Another was avoiding unwanted sound transmission to the master suite above the kitchen. The homeowners worked with Núñez and McLaughlin to create a many-pronged solu- tion, including a mounting system for the blueboard panels, using sound-absorbing material to acoustically isolate the ceiling from the joists above. Another piece of the solution for muffling sound is a ceiling system of wood slats designed by Núñez, reflecting details from another part of the home. The slatted ceiling runs along one side of the new space, delineating the circulation from the front foyer to the home's back entry. Pauses are created by a subtle change in the width of the slats. As is the case with many of the home's features, the slatted ceiling system is as beautiful as it is functional, and was a team effort. "The renovation was a real melding of talents," says the homeowner, "drawing on diverse skills to beautifully achieve a shared vision." For contact information, see Resources on page 122. The kitchen is a vision of soft shades of white, bracketed at both ends by dove-gray walls. In the adjacent dining room, Coleman's handcrafted furniture adds warmth and artistry.

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