A HIDDEN HAND
3/16" reveal gap
The cherry paneling required special
installation, says Halsey Platt of Platt
Builders. “All the wainscot was done with
no visible fasteners,” he says. “Any time
there are fasteners in wood, there’s putty,
and with cherry, which oxidizes over
the years, those putty areas would soon
start to show.” This cut-away illustration
shows how carpenters screwed the cherry
baseboard, cut at a 45-degree angle at
the top, to the wall and then covered
the screw head with the wainscot, also
notched with a 45-degree angle. The
interlocking pieces are known in the trade
as a French cleat.
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Two towerlike 10-foot-tall painted blue
cabinets hold the refrigerator and wall ovens.
Altogether, says Hess, “the towers and island
read as the primary elements.”
Existing exposed wood beams terminated
in clumsy, white-painted wood “knuckles” and
square columns were installed directly on the
semicircular island. To improve the situation,
Hess made aesthetic adjustments by adding
more beams, designing custom steel connec-
tors, and wrapping a column that extended to
the floor in cherry.
Finally, the decorative fireplace was
replaced with a fully functional hearth,
for which Hess designed a soapstone surround that ties the space to the kitchen.
Now, whether it’s dogs, kids, or a boot-clad
equestrian treading through the great room,
everyone feels right at home.
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