Under-cabinet lighting can make your kitchen feel a bit more homey, especially if you don’t have a chandelier or pendant lighting. Lighting is probably the fastest changing aspect of building right now with the introduction of many new LED fixtures, says Brad Cruickshank, owner of Atlanta-based Cruickshank Remodeling. Under-cabinet LEDs are great, too, he says. “No more flickering fluorescents and no more burning your hand on halogen or xenon lamps,” he says.
The kitchen in this sleek, transitional California estate features a wide stone island with a waterfall edge, integrated appliances, custom cabinetry and a marble backsplash that extends to the high ceiling. French oak hardwood floors and reclaimed wood beams overhead bring a rustic touch that fits the oceanside setting. The space fully opens to the adjoining hearth room, offering a view to the sea beyond.
Thoughtful storage creates an organized and stylish kitchen. Glass-door cabinets are fixed over a built-in, full wet bar set up with wine storage and refrigerator. A waterfall edge island adds eat-in space in the open design, featuring midcentury modern bar chairs.
Brass detailing shines throughout this transitional kitchen design. A waterfall edge island matches the marble subway tile backslash. Black marble countertops provide a contrast in color while complementing the lighter marble elements.
When the kitchen is in the center of the house or in a windowless space, place an oversized mirror over the sink to create the illusion of a window, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. This home also uses furniture in the kitchen for storage, instead of another row of built-in cabinets.
The outdoor space was designed to look as if the waterfall flows from the infinity edge pool and throughout the gardens. Each aspect of the outdoor living space was thoroughly thought out to bring the most efficient use of the space while emphasizing the beauty of nature all around.
A neutral retaining wall moves with the shape of the land creating privacy while still maintaining a connection to the surrounding land. The blue water shines against smooth patio, natural stone texture and pebbled sections. The natural tones mimic the distance mountains for a cohesive look blending natural with manmade.
LEDs line the edge of the pool and change the water from its usual blue to bright green, red and even purple. After an evening swim, the owners will definitely enjoy sitting back and watching the display.
Using thinner glass tile vertically gives the impression of movement. Here the muted blues create a waterfall effect above the vanity. Dark countertops reflect the tile and help the color spill over the edge.