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We previously used black impala granite in the past in both a honed and gloss and it worked great for baking, we never had any issues with staining, but I think granite will look out of place against those stone walls and cypress. I've never used quartz but will definitely look into it including the Jasper Stone Co., thanks, Roderick.
We will keep the same color (orangish red) concrete with the 2X4 grid. Although I love red and oranges together, I tend to stay away from red because of our location. In Columbus, everything is red and grey because of OSUâ€¦it's crazy! (my husband roots for his alma mater-Notre Dame so buckeye colors are be be avoided). I did see a FLLW orange linoleum that might be bold, although in quartz not linoleum.
SDR, I'm a BIG fan of that Silestone green "fun". I had that chartreuse color (the first hint of foliage in the spring and duckweed on a pond!) throughout my last house as well as my wardrobe. If we were having natural color concrete, (we're not) I would go for it, but not too bold with our colored floor. I think I like monolithic as well.
No likes on stainless? I recall liking the Kentuck Knob counters. Seems easy to work on. Too bland with stainless appliances? (My husband nixed any attempt at retro appliances in fun colors)
The fewer colors and textures that are added to the basic material palette -- for permanent, built-in pieces -- the better. At the decorative extreme, as at the Eames residence, for instance, where a riot of color and texture are present, the structure itself is extremely quiet -- just black steel, and glass, and cementitious panels, and whatever the floor and ceiling planes are made of.
These "rules" simply reflect what I see in the work of the most admired modernist architects of the past century or so.
I really liked the wood trim against the stone in DRN's kitchen. Perhaps cypress trim against the stainless will work in ours.
(I make no judgement about what's happening in Dan's kitchen -- which looks super nice. Steel makes its own unimprovable edge, it seems to me, and the bent edge stiffens the panels naturally, in addition to turning a surface into a dimensional object -- in keeping with the architecture ?)
What will the backsplashes be made of ?
Interesting house that might be compared and contrasted to Glenbrow -- in its gutsy use of material, at least: http://www.designboom.com/architecture/ ... 8-11-2015/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/125471081 ... 444413635/
You are correct: less is more!
Kentuck Knob workspace:
I agree with SDR. The cool, reflective, machine quality of the steel would contrast perfectly with the irregular stone and warmth of the wood.
I also like the butcher block, and would be inclined to go that route, (assuming that was the architect's choice...)
Yes, Egads, stainless works great for dough... easy to clean. I also think it will also address the darkness that occurs when there is full foliage outdoors. We will insert the small piece of original butcher block (maple) that we found. I do want one large stainless sink as opposed a 2 compartment sink more common to the period. It is much easier to fit large roasting pans to wash than in those smaller dual sided sinks.
BTW, we will be restoring a beautiful cypress butcher block vanity for my son's bathroom. The sink and faucet were stolen but I heard there was a stainless sink at one time.
I'll have to check our stone wall. I believe the stone has been ground to flat at the level of the counter but I see that would be an issue if it is not.
We have a very competent carpenter who worked on the last large piece of cypress that needed scribing (between the french doors to the sculpture garden and the stone wall that will be having the built-in sofa returning to it). The piece took almost an entire day and looks like a piece of art. Speaking as a lay person, you never really appreciate good scribing until you see the amount of effort that went into it.
Perhaps a lightweight pattern can be made onsite, and the metal laser-cut in a shop . . .
I'm not aware of one where it was originally designed and installed.
Mrs. Hagan rejected the red Micarta that was specified by Wright for her workspace, and requested stainless. She also passed on the poured floor with module lines and integral color. She also wanted the cork floor (who said Wright was not accommodating?)
As for the Lykes, the stainless counters were installed by its present owner during her remodel of the home. Lykes at one point had ceramic tile counters.