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Steal This Look: A Grand Scale Double-Height Kitchen in Brooklyn

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Steal This Look: A Grand Scale Double-Height Kitchen in Brooklyn

January 15, 2019

In an 1850s brick townhouse in Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood, serial renovators Jean Lee and Tzu-Wei Lee called on architect Elizabeth Roberts to rethink the building, which had been divided intwo four apartments, as one. The biggest change? A three-story addition to the back of the building which now houses the fully custom double-height kitchen. The 1,200-square-foot space is inspired by modern Shaker design with an almost Seventies style twist. That’s thanks to beadboard-paneled cabinets, a reclaimed oak island, and a dark green retro range. Here’s a look at the sources and design details that nail down the distinct style.

 An oversized pendant above the island matches the grand quality of the double-height kitchen. (Oversized pendant lights are one of the data-src=
Above: An oversized pendant above the island matches the grand quality of the double-height kitchen. (Oversized pendant lights are one of the 11 Interior Trends for 2019 we called out recently.) The reclaimed oak kitchen island is by Matt Hogan of Reliquary Studio in Woodstock, New York, and the reclaimed butcher-block counter is by Tri-Lox. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
A straight-on view of the custom colored range from Blue Star, a company that offers a wide range of powder coated colors. Countertop and backsplash are Vermont soapstone. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
Above: A straight-on view of the custom colored range from Blue Star, a company that offers a wide range of powder coated colors. Countertop and backsplash are Vermont soapstone. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
The beadboard-paneled cabinets are by also by Matt Hogan. The surrounding walls are done in tadelakt plaster by Stephen Balser of Art in Construction. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
Above: The beadboard-paneled cabinets are by also by Matt Hogan. The surrounding walls are done in tadelakt plaster by Stephen Balser of Art in Construction. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
 Above: The wood-burning fireplace, a regular fixture in Roberts’ kitchen designs, is made to be fitted with a pizza oven, Korean-style barbecue, and other inserts. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.
Above: Above: The wood-burning fireplace, a regular fixture in Roberts’ kitchen designs, is made to be fitted with a pizza oven, Korean-style barbecue, and other inserts. Photography by Dustin Askland, courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts from Serial Remodelers Settle Down: A Brooklyn Townhouse Reinvention from Elizabeth Roberts.

Paint

For a warm white similar to that seen on the walls here, Benjamin Moore Steam is a shade of white both our editors and designers like Bright Design Lab have praised as &#8
Above: For a warm white similar to that seen on the walls here, Benjamin Moore Steam is a shade of white both our editors and designers like Bright Design Lab have praised as “a lovely warm white that reads as a very pure white in a space without turning cold.” For more see our post Architects’ 10 Favorite Warm White Paints.

Appliances

Working with the Blue Star 48-Inch Hampton Hood it was customized with powder coating in dark green to match the Blue Star range below; $4,5 at Blue Star.
Above: Working with the Blue Star 48-Inch Hampton Hood it was customized with powder coating in dark green to match the Blue Star range below; $4,255 at Blue Star.
The Blue Star 48-Inch Platinum Series Range, shown in Green Blue (RAL 500data-src=
Above: The Blue Star 48-Inch Platinum Series Range, shown in Green Blue (RAL 5001), with Black Blue (RAL 5004) knobs is available through Blue Star.

Faucets & Fixtures

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Above: The KV1 Single-Handle Faucet was designed by Arne Jacobsen for Vola. Contact Vola for pricing and information.
The Kohler Cape Dory Under-Mount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink is similar to the large white kitchen sink seen here; $859 at Kohler.
Above: The Kohler Cape Dory Under-Mount Single-Bowl Kitchen Sink is similar to the large white kitchen sink seen here; $859 at Kohler.

Lighting

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Above: The Wastberg Extra Long Pendant (W151S3) Extra Large Pendant, designed by architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, in traffic white, is $3,995 at Horne.
For something similar to the perforated curved wall sconces in the kitchen, the vintage Maison Lunel French Perforated Wall Light is available at InCollect.
Above: For something similar to the perforated curved wall sconces in the kitchen, the vintage Maison Lunel French Perforated Wall Light is available at InCollect.

Furniture

The barstools around the custom kitchen island are the Menu Afteroom Bar Chairs in Black for $449.95 at Menu.
Above: The barstools around the custom kitchen island are the Menu Afteroom Bar Chairs in Black for $449.95 at Menu.
The bench in the open kitchen is the Ilse Crawford Two-Seater Low Settle designed for De La Espada; $
Above: The bench in the open kitchen is the Ilse Crawford Two-Seater Low Settle designed for De La Espada; $2,335 at The Future Perfect.

Hardware

The Emtek Bronze Rustic Modern Rectangular Door Pull is also available in black and tumbled white bronze; $95. at Build.com.
Above: The Emtek Bronze Rustic Modern Rectangular Door Pull is also available in black and tumbled white bronze; $95.20 at Build.com.
The Emtek Metric Knob, shown in oil-rubbed bronze, is one inch in diameter; $9.06 at Door Hardware Center.
Above: The Emtek Metric Knob, shown in oil-rubbed bronze, is one inch in diameter; $9.06 at Door Hardware Center.
For similar European-inspired switches, the Buster + Punch
Above: For similar European-inspired switches, the Buster + Punch 2G Dimmer in Black is £106 with an additional £4 for an electricity metal box for use outside of the UK.
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Above: The 1G Euro Plate in Black from Buster + Punch is £13 with an additional £4 for an electricity metal box for use outside of the UK.

Accessories

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Above: The Global Amici 11-Ounce Jus de Fruits Glasses are $4.99 each at Bed Bath & Beyond.
The handmade Dark Green Ceramic Bowl is $ from Etsy seller Avocation Design based in Los Angeles.
Above: The handmade Dark Green Ceramic Bowl is $18 from Etsy seller Avocation Design based in Los Angeles.
The Iwachu -Ounce Japanese Iron Hobnail Tetsubin Teapot is $6.43 on Amazon.
Above: The Iwachu 29-Ounce Japanese Iron Hobnail Tetsubin Teapot is $146.43 on Amazon.

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