From small beginnings bold and dramatic kitchen remodel by Partners 4 Design

Bold and dramatic kitchen remodel by Partners 4 Design

Story by: Justin Foote
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View fo kitchen remodelled with Zebrano Vaneer. The kitchen and informal living areas were designed as intimate spaces. A custom fireplace was installed.

Just as the best ideas are often the simplest, so too can the best feature of a design have humble origins.

When interior designer Stephen Lanak and client were looking at materials for a remodeled kitchen, so taken was the client with a sample of zebrano veneer that she made the decision to use it extensively throughout the space. The finished result forms a strong counterpoint to the other materials selected and to the equally compelling view.

"Everything else, the countertops, the remaining cabinetry and the flooring were chosen to work around the zebrano," says Lanak. "Even once the project was finished, we were asked to install yet more of the veneer on a couple of side walls."

The remaining cabinetry was given a blue high-gloss lacquer finish to reference and complement the lakeside locale. The neutral quartz countertops finish the look.


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View fo kitchen remodelled with Zebrano Vaneer. The kitchen and informal living areas were designed as intimate spaces. A custom fireplace was installed.

The last area of the house to undergo remodeling, the kitchen was extended to incorporate an existing balcony, providing extra room for a much larger island.

"The island is really the focal point of the kitchen," says Roger Zierman, kitchen designer at Partners 4 Design. "As well as being a major design feature, it also houses the cooking centers, refrigerator drawers and a sink for washing hands.

"Also, the raised central portion was designed to display pieces from the client's extensive sculpture collection, and as a device to incorporate outlets so as to not mar the surface of the book-matched zebrano veneer."

Functionally, the remodeled island has also improved the amenity of the kitchen, as has the inclusion of a butler's pantry, says Zierman.

View fo kitchen remodelled with Zebrano Vaneer. The ceiling, flooring, interior design, lobby, room, gray, brown
View fo kitchen remodelled with Zebrano Vaneer. The kitchen and informal living areas were designed as intimate spaces. A custom fireplace was installed.

"Entertaining is a vital part of the family's activities at the property and as such, there is a vast array of serving dishes and dinnerware, which required an efficient means of storage. Much of the cabinetry in the kitchen and the butler's pantry was given over to this function after an exhaustive inventory of every piece was carried out."

As well as the kitchen, the adjoining dining-living area was also remodeled to make more of a feature of the lake view.

"Like the kitchen, this area was extended out to the edge of the existing eaves," says Lanak. "As part of my design, the room was reorganized, with the fireplace moved to its current position from the opposite side. This allows the family to interact with the view more readily when they're in this space."

Nov 30, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Roger Zierman and Kristy Conlin CKD, Partners 4 Design (Minneapolis, MN)
Builder
Kraus-Anderson Construction
Countertop surfaces
Quartz from Capital Granite
Wall stone
Marble Systems from Minnesota Tile & Stone
Wall coverings
Maya Romanoff from Hirschfields
Blinds
Contemporary Blind Design
Kitchen sink
Kohler from Montaggio
Oven, cooktop, ventilation, microwave
Wolf
Furnishings
Holly Hunt; Colombostile
Artwork
Art Resources (sculpture in kitchen)
Cabinet company
Cabinetry
poggenpohl high-gloss Oxyd lacquer and high-gloss Zebrano veneer
Tile flooring
Ceramica SantAgostino from Ceramic Tileworks
Doors and windows
Custom by United Glass
Lighting
Bocci pendant from The Collection on Five
Backsplash
Custom by Glass Art Designs
Faucets
Dornbracht from Montaggio
Refrigeration
Gaggenau fridge/freezer; Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers
Stained glass
Pegasus Studio
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