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SOL UTIONS
The Non-Kitchen Kitchen Challenge
Creating a sleek, contemporary space with a James Bond vibe
A HIGH-RISE CONDO in the Pearl District of Portland, Ore., was home to a
dated kitchen with honey-colored cabinets and merlot appliances. Although
the layout was somewhat functional, the style of the open-concept space did
not match the homeowner's super-modern aesthetic. She turned to J.D.
Nesbitt, regional design director of Bauformat Seattle, with a mandate to
create a kitchen that did not look like a kitchen - one that would appeal to
her more minimalist taste.
Th e project got underway shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic, and
the designer was faced with a temporary shutdown, along with the typical
structural issues that come up when working in a multifamily building.
" Condo spaces are already diffi cult to work in, " said Nesbitt. " It's always
challenging. "
CHALLENGE #1: HARMONIZING WITH EXISTING FEATURES
Despite the client's goal to signifi cantly change the look of the kitchen, the
project had to incorporate a few existing details. First, because the kitchen
is located at the back of the unit, and the same fl ooring runs from the front
door through many spaces in the home, the tile was there to stay. Replacing
it would have been a major task, made more diffi cult because of noise
regulations in the building. Th e warm honey tone of the fl ooring led to fi nish
choices like the natural walnut island. Even the nearly black Maro ebony
cabinets have striations of gold.
Second, the walls were uneven, requiring smoothing out before cabinets
could be installed. In the previous rendition, the cabinets left 2 feet of space
above, so slight diff erences in the wall line were not easily noticeable. But
with the planned ceiling-height cabinets, there was no room for error because
unevenness would be visible from below. Getting the walls right meant cutting
custom strips and building tall shims before smoothing the drywall to
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By CARRIE WHITNEY
ABOVE Creating a seamless
look included making the transition
between wood and glass
cabinetry the same height as
the top of the sink window.
The walnut waterfall island
blends modernity with the
warmth of the existing fl oor tile.
BELOW RIGHT Maro ebony
creates consistency around
the perimeter but incorporates
interest with smooth
lower cabinets and textured
upper cabinets.
perfect the fl atness and create an even surface on
which to install the taller cabinets.
" We were trying to fl atten the kitchen as much
as possible, " said Nesbitt, who explained this also
meant hiding structural columns.
To create the seamless look the client desired,
the designer wrapped the columns in the same
wood as the cabinets. Another element had to be
hidden when a gas meter box was found under
the sink. Nesbitt accommodated it by planning
for a drawer unit in the sink base and located a
U-shaped drawer on the bottom - fi tting around
the box - then made the top " drawer " a false panel.
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Editor's Note
KBIS Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Tech Savvy
Trends
Deep Dive
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Better Business
Hot Topic
All Abroad
Research Roundup
Wellness Design
Before & After
Small Spaces
Solutions
What's Hot
Favorites
Last Word
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