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Kitchen of the Week: An Eco-Friendly, Elevated Ikea Kitchen in a Family’s Forever Home

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Kitchen of the Week: An Eco-Friendly, Elevated Ikea Kitchen in a Family’s Forever Home

February 21, 2019

When builder Steve Albertson and his wife Carole sold their former home, they intended to find some land and build a forever home for themselves and their son Ty. It took nearly seven years, but they finally landed on the perfect parcel: in charming Hatfield, Massachusetts, on the banks of a large pond. Keeping the home healthy for Ty, who has autism, was at the top of their priority list and to that end, their forever home is equipped with whole-home air and water filters, as well as having a Net Zero energy rating and solar power.

The entire build took 13 months from start to finish, and designer Shannon Tate-Giordano (who uses Steve as her go-to local contractor—”when you find that person, you don’t let them go!”) got involved when the structure of the house and windows were in place, but nothing had yet been finished. Steve had a basic layout in mind, with a small kitchen open to the dining and living rooms. It was Shannon who suggested allocating all the dining room and kitchen space to the kitchen and including a custom-made island for seating. “When I first had Steve and Carole over for a design meeting they were so on-board with everything I proposed, and that was such a fun place to start from. The theme I was working was ‘Organic Modern Zen’ because of who they are and the style of the build itself.”

Let’s take a closer look at the finished kitchen:

Photographs by Joyelle West.

instead of making this space into a petite kitchen and separate dining room, th 12
Above: Instead of making this space into a petite kitchen and separate dining room, the designer opted for a single open space with a casual island that serves as both seating and prep space. The lights are Matte Black Vintage Barn Pendants from RH.

When Shannon got involved in the project, building costs were already higher than the family had projected, so she went with Ikea cabinet boxes and Semihandmade fronts for a more elevated look. Paired with concrete countertops and Marmoleum floors, the space stays in keeping with the home’s sustainable ethos.

generously sized windows provide the kitchen with plenty of light and a view of 13
Above: Generously-sized windows provide the kitchen with plenty of light and a view of the adjacent pond.

Steve built the custom stainless steel-topped island, which doubles as the family’s dining table. Although Steve and Carole both have work desks in other rooms, they both report that they gravitate towards the kitchen and spend much of their time working at the island instead. The range hood cover was another custom piece by Steve and the range is Frigidaire’s 30 inch Electric Front Control Range.

on the right, just visible is the 33 inch wide counter depth french door refrig 14
Above: On the right, just visible is the 33-inch-wide Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator from Samsung.

A timeless square tile backsplash makes a quiet backdrop for a selection of vintage treasures and houseplants Shannon sourced after the remodel was complete. A vintage Turkish runner warms up the floor in the kitchen workspace.

the designer used low profile berenson bravo verona bronze finger pulls. 15
Above: The designer used low-profile Berenson Bravo Verona Bronze Finger Pulls.

Steve poured the concrete countertops, which were both an economical choice and nicely complement the organic theme of the home. For more on concrete countertops, see Remodeling 101: Concrete Countertops.

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Above: The faucet is the Delta Trinsic Single-Handle Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet in Matte Black.

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