written by Julianna and Josh Weiss-Roessler
photography by Dave M. Davis Photography
When the homeowner first purchased this single family house built in the late ‘50s, she wanted to change one key thing: the roof. Its slant obscured the view of nearby Bootlegger Cove, Cook Inlet, and the mountains beyond. But this change meant going all the way down to the foundation and rebuilding the whole property, including the kitchen
The original 3-bedroom home was transformed into a duplex with two separate apartments. This kitchen lives in the main unit with a glass wall on one side, taking advantage of natural light and that beautiful view. Additional lighting was added through a skylight and tiny puck lights in a specially designed beam over the counter.
Flipping the roof also reversed the home’s layout. Now visitors walk through the kitchen to get to the living room, so the homeowner wanted to ensure the room felt neutral, blending in with the rest of the home. She worked with architect Catherine Call of Blue Sky Studios and Hawkinson Construction to make her vision a reality.
In the rebuild, the homeowner used as many green materials as she could source in the Anchorage area. During demolition of the original home, she salvaged what she could for use in the new home or friends’ projects.
The room is designed to be a functional workspace and also visually attractive. She chose pieces that felt more like traditional furniture than kitchen items. The pantry is an old piece of furniture. A wood piece was added over the vent, and the fridge was built-in. The homeowner didn’t want granite countertops, and stone wasn’t available, so she got creative, using porcelain floor tile with a neutral wood grain pattern instead.
Deciding to forgo overhead cabinets, storage was a concern, but cabinet maker team Wolfgang and Martin Nowka customized the lower cabinets. They repurposed wood from an old table to maintain the older patina while extending them to double the depth. Toekicks were turned into pull-out drawers.
But the real highlight is the unifying redwood island. Lighting is provided by two unobtrusive glass lights above, and the round copper sink from Native Trails and copper Sonoma faucet blend in with the natural color and curves of the wood.
The appliances include a steamer oven, bake oven, dishwasher, and cooktop from Miele, as well as a second dishwasher from Bosch.
The result is a beautiful, seamless space with influences from traditional country kitchens as well as mid-century modern inspirations.
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