Within a modest, wood framed house was a dark, under accessed and overworked kitchen. 
The clients wanted to spend more time in the kitchen entertaining/cooking. The solution was to create a connected and unified area to make all spaces simultaneously usable by removing the wall between kitchen and living room. Additionally uniform cabinetry was designed to work for both kitchen and social space. A wide, dividing counter and bar as well as an 'inverted' skylight hood dropping from the ceiling was implemented in the design. This frames the view into the kitchen from counter to head height as well as bringing all-day light into this northern sided room and glows green with artificial light reflecting off paint at night. 
The kitchen is now the main heart of the house, with subordinate, orbiting dining and living areas which are no longer separate rooms.

Building type:Residence
Completed 2012
Hollywood CA
1,200 square feet
Primary components:
bleached oak floor, steel plate fireplace surround, quarter sawn douglas fir cabinetry