light-dark contrasts characterize the
kitchen, starting with the mahogany strip
set between oak flooring and the mahogany-framed panels of frosted glass that divide
the old part of the house from the new.
Likewise, the creamy white IceStone on the
island plays off dark mahogany cabinetry.
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from the central merrymaking scene.
For quieter moments, a small table
offers a place for eating by the north-facing
wall, a grid of six panes of glass, five of them
frosted, thus highlighting the sole clear glass
pane, which offers a view of the treetops
behind the house.
Outside, Butz + Klug carefully considered the relationship of new space to old.
Acknowledging it was not possible to truly
integrate the two, they treated the back facade
as three cubes. As viewed from the hilly back
slope, the old house, with its painted shingle
siding, forms one cube; the new kitchen, clad
in fiber-cement clapboard, forms a second;
the space below the new deck, a storage area
off the basement defined by untreated cedar
slats, creates a third.
The new gather-round kitchen has given
the owner her entertaining center. “We joked
that there are nine different workstations in
the kitchen, so everyone who comes over can
start doing something,” says Klug. “It shows
just how much there has been a redefinition
of the kitchen as a social place.”