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Apr 13 2015

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Anatomy of a Houzz “Hit” Kitchen

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A photo of the kitchen of one of Godden/Sudik Architect’s kitchens for Berkeley Homes (with Harvard Communities) in the North Sky development at Ridgegate in Lone Tree, Colo., has gathered 91,258 Impressions, 278 Clicks and has been added to 1,176 Ideabooks in just three months since they started tracking this data, and they really have no idea why!

The numbers easily double the next most popular of the firms’ 201 other project photos. The keywords were a simple listing of the obvious features: triangular island, counter stools, pendant lighting and recessed lighting, so that probably wasn’t it. Was it the huge curved island? The color scheme? The lighting? The stools?

By going to the list of users who added the photo to one of their Ideabooks, clues are found. Comments center around “island shape,” “blend of browns and grays” and “the curve.” (One user just wrote “Hate,” so they know there were really only 1,175 users who liked it, not 1,176!) Alex Jewett, project manager for this work, thinks “it really picks up on most of the major trends in kitchen designs for 2015 identified on Houzz (“Kitchen Trends that Seem Here to Stay”), like easy to entertain in, open to other rooms, island plan and larger kitchens.”

Scott Sudik, design principal of the architectural firm responsible for the layout, explained that the oversize (7- by 10 ft!) island was deliberately placed to keep the guests out of the work area while leading them into the dining area that is just behind the photographer’s vantage point.

“We wanted the range and hood to be a strong focal point, while the sink on the island ensures the cook has a good view when working at prep or clean up,” said Sudik. “We placed the refrigerator so it was easily accessible to both the cook and the diners, and the 12-in.-deep buffet cabinets expand the kitchen footprint while providing useful storage for dining necessities.”

This home won two awards at IBS this year from the NAHB National Sales and Marketing Council for Best Architectural Design and Best Interior Merchandising. Interior Designer Diane Ellis of Ellis Hays Design explained that she put together the palette of colors and materials starting with the fabrics, then the floor, then the granite and cabinets and finally the “jewelry,” as she calls the glass tile that was installed vertically.

Credits: Godden/Sudik Architects; Berkeley Homes and Harvard Communities; Ellis Hays Interior Design; and Eric Lucero Photography.

Cabinets: Mid Continent with slate gray stain on cherry, Kentwood prefinished maple floor with Cannon Beach stain, Grandin Road stools, Alaska White Granite.

– By Doug Walter, AIA, senior architect, Godden/Sudik Architects, Centennial, Colo., www.goddensudik.com.

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