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Balanced menu kitchen by owner Andrew Bonhaus

This owner's design was led by commercial kitchens

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Simple cabinet frames, an efficient use of space and a palette of both warm and cool materials give this kitchen a clean, modern accent. The gray metal stools, blackboard, and a window box made from angle irons, usually used for structural framework, all contribute to a commercial kitchen aesthetic. While some kitchens in open-plan spaces try to hide in plain sight, this design clearly announces its presence.

To take inspiration for the home kitchen from a professional eatery can be risky. What works in the city could come across as rather cold in a domestic setting. The secret to success lies in choosing the right materials.

The outdated interiors of this 60s ranch house were gutted before the space was reinvented for modern living. The project was undertaken by Cablik Enterprises, says Beth Fore, on behalf of the building firm.

"We took everything out, including the walls. Only the hardwood floors in the guest bedroom were salvaged and reused."

The new kitchen has a commanding position within the house and is open to the adjacent living spaces, says Fore.


Simple cabinet frames, an efficient use of space cabinetry, countertop, cuisine classique, hardwood, interior design, kitchen, gray, brown
Simple cabinet frames, an efficient use of space and a palette of both warm and cool materials give this kitchen a clean, modern accent. The gray metal stools, blackboard, and a window box made from angle irons, usually used for structural framework, all contribute to a commercial kitchen aesthetic. While some kitchens in open-plan spaces try to hide in plain sight, this design clearly announces its presence.

"A large steel beam was installed across the ceiling between the kitchen and living area. This serves a structural role, but is actually much stronger than it needs to be. However, the beam is important to the overall look, and is a clear indicator of the design intentions."

Owner Andrew Bonhaus undertook the interior and kitchen design on the home. He says the beam sets the scene for the industrial chic feel that he wanted for the 250sq ft space.

"I admired the clean lines and functionality of the kitchens I'd seen in the restaurants in Westside Atlanta. I love cooking myself and wanted that same sense of purpose and efficient use of space in my own kitchen."

Dark gray under-counter cabinetry and one complete wall of blackboard set the scene. The BlueStar range has a commercial flavor and this is just a short step from the cutting board in the island countertop. The entire floor plan of the kitchen is an exercise in efficiency.

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Simple cabinet frames, an efficient use of space and a palette of both warm and cool materials give this kitchen a clean, modern accent. The gray metal stools, blackboard, and a window box made from angle irons, usually used for structural framework, all contribute to a commercial kitchen aesthetic. While some kitchens in open-plan spaces try to hide in plain sight, this design clearly announces its presence.

Other industrial accents include the open display of the shiny stainless steel appliances. The stone sink surround at one end of the island is chunky and professional looking. Bare Edison bulbs in safety cages and the pendants over the island add to the industrial air, says Bonhaus.

"I was careful to balance the colder elements with warm, natural surfaces. The hickory floors complement the walnut on the island. Walnut has a narrow grain that doesn't trap dirt, so is easy to maintain. The upper cabinets are in the same wood."

Seen from the living area, tones alternate from light floors to dark gray cabinetry, a white backsplash and warm wood cabinets. This layering works to soften the overall impact.

"It was important to choose elements that would give a commercial edge but also suit home use," says Bonhaus. "For example, the blackboard can completely change the mood, depending on whether it's covered with recipes, Christmas wishes, or a Halloween mural. This kitchen doesn't meld with the nearby living room it is a strong visual feature within the home."

Credit list

Architect
Jeffrey Wren, Earthstation Architecture (Decatur, GA)
Builder
Cablik Enterprises
Cabinetry
Melamine, matt in Lava
Flooring
Hickory, northern coloring, character grade
Kitchen furniture
Industrial-screw chairs from Crate and Barrel
Kitchen sinks
Main sink Kraus; prep sink Houzer
Oven
Wall oven, microwave from KitchenAid
Ventilation, refrigeration
KitchenAid
Waste disposal
InSinkErator
Interior designer and owner
Cabinetry company
HR Construction; Leicht
Countertops
Leathered granite in Kashmir White from Stone Solutions; walnut
Doors and windows
Andersen doors; Pella windows, Impervia in bronze
Paints
Sherwin-Williams
Faucets
Blanco Linus
Cooktop
BlueStar
Dishwasher
Bosch

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19 Dec, 2013

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