Since I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I’ve seen a number of beautiful designs in my region. Two of our friends have recently purchased homes – one is a new build with an open-concept plan, and another is a renovated 100-year-old farmhouse. Here it can be rainy and cold seven months out of the year, so it’s even more important that our interiors are visually appealing.
The local NKBA Puget Sound recently highlighted some of the most standout designs in their 2017 Design Awards. Designer Shannon Boyle, AKBD, of Seattle-based Elements Kitchen + Bath, worked alongside Vawn Greany, CMKBD, of Mercer Island, Wash.-based Collaborative Interior Design on a coastal kitchen redesign, which won the 2017 NKBA Puget Sound Design Competition President’s Award.
Set on the Pacific Ocean, this view is stunning in the summer and moody in the winter. The kitchen had been renovated in recent years, but the dark cabinetry and low ceilings made the room dim – which is a fatal flaw in an area that experiences a lot of dark days. Boyle and Greany instead transformed this kitchen into a modern space that will be filled with light year round.
Goal: The ultimate objective for this kitchen design was to create a cohesive, efficient and open floor plan that works well for entertaining and everyday living.
Challenges: The existing floor plan was very chopped up because of the structure of the home. There were beams and structural posts that created inefficient flow throughout the kitchen and eat-in dining area. The design team added an addition to the corner of the home to square off the space, which allowed them to create a more open and cohesive floor plan. A new beam was also added over the wet bar area and concealed with two new structural posts inside the walls.
Materials: Pulling together a crisp, neutral color scheme of finish materials and layering new LED lighting in a series of pendants and suspended track lighting provides a bright and contemporary backdrop against the Pacific Northwest’s natural elements. Dura Supreme white-painted cabinetry with dark-stained maple cabinetry in the kitchen and a textured laminate cabinet finish were added to the wet bar area. Cambria Britannica quartz countertops create a cohesive bond between all the spaces. Adding Pental Sculpture Nero tile in the wet bar makes a major statement that helps balance the Puget Sound views.
Favorites: “The wet bar and statement tile wall are my favorite part of this design; we took an awkward area and gave it major drama and purpose in the space,” said Boyle. “It balances well with the view of the Puget Sound, so you have 360 degrees of cool views!”