Owners Janet Cole and Deborah Abraham wanted a greater sense of spaciousness, so Phillips removed a non-load-bearing partition and a little buffet counter positioned between the kitchen and the living area. This change made it possible to create a built-in breakfast table for two. Etched-glass doors for the upper cabinets showcase the softened silhouettes of dishware in a contemporary way.
DESIGN: Anne Phillips Architecture, Berkeley (510/841-7056)
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Architect Anne Phillips kept her design simple, making sure that it complemented the architecture. Here's how she approached the design.
* Increase daylight. A new backsplash-to-ceiling window behind the sink visually expands the space.
* Unify. Glass ties everything together: etched glass for the breakfast counter and the upper cabinet fronts, wire glass for the backsplash.
* Add sparkle. Stainless steel appliances, sink, and hardware catch the light.
* Enhance the wood. Light and dark tones of prestained plywood give the cabinetry an elegant, contemporary look.
* Accentuate the structure. Beams painted dark purple draw the eye.
* Brighten the background. The off-white laminate and ceiling reflect light.
* Add light fixtures. Undercabinet strip lights and track-mounted low-volt fixtures supplement the kitchen's original globe pendant lights, reinforcing the room's outlines.
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|Title Annotation:||Before and After; Architect Anne Phillips updates kitchen.|
|Author:||Whiteley, Peter O.|
|Article Type:||Brief Article|
|Date:||Apr 1, 2004|
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