Modernist Living – Main Level
The use of natural materials is apparent upon arriving at the front door. A hand-crafted granite wall flows from the exterior right through into the foyer for a dramatic entry. Stepping onto the warm travertine limestone floor, a sleek white integrated bench and storage unit is situated to the left. A signal that the house is a serene welcoming space. It is from the open foyer that the main-floor living space and the top floor are accessed.
To the immediate right are the formal dining room and kitchen. The airy dining room looks out onto a front deck presenting stunning city and mountain views. A retractable, frosted-glass wall creates a private, elegant dining space separating the dining room from the kitchen when entertaining.
Inconspicuously tucked into the kitchen, by the formal dining room, is an elevator for easy access to all three floors. Cladded in the pale grey granite stone on three sides, it blends harmoniously with the feature wall.
The spacious, galley-style kitchen flows back from the dining room reflecting the residence’s pure, minimalist aesthetic: seamless floor-to-ceiling wood cabinetry for extensive storage, travertine limestone floors, quartz countertops, black mosaic tile backsplash, and inset ceiling and under cabinet lighting. In keeping with the pristine, clean modernist lines, the fridge and dishwasher are integrated into the cabinetry while the wine fridge is tucked under counter, conveniently next to the dining room. The spectacular six-burner, double-oven, stainless-steel Wolf range beautifully complements the kitchen’s sleek, minimalist look.
The expansive, glossy, ebony-hued island, with prep sink, provides ample space for cooking, serving and counter-stool seating. The linear pendant light fixture supplies task lighting over the island workspace. Beyond is an informal dining area with access and views to the patio with a built-in barbecue, organic kitchen garden and private, south-facing back yard. The floor-to-ceiling bank of windows create a fluid transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
From the kitchen leading to the hallway at the back of the house is a pass-way — a unique, cleverly designed space that has tall built-ins, shelving and drawers. This niche evokes a butler’s pantry and could be reimagined as a wok kitchen.
Positioned away from the social areas, but within easy access from the back patio, is a sleek, compact powder room for the use of guests and family.
Opening left from the foyer is the living room, a magnificent expression of the minimalist design concept. The clean lines are accentuated by the wall of ceiling-height windows at the south end of the room revealing a patio and an expanse of the verdant back garden. The restrained, spare facade of the wood-burning fireplace with its poured concrete hearth is the room’s focal point accented by recessed lighting above. The bamboo wood floors introduce warmth to the space, beautifully contrasting with the grey tones of another granite wall that extends out back of the house to the garden. The meticulous attention devoted to the finishing-work details is evident, yet discreet. All air vents and electrical sockets are integrated seamlessly into the floor so that they virtually disappear.
To the left of the fireplace, it’s a step down to the sunken, lounging media area that is defined by cozy built-in seating. Bespoke grey-toned, luxurious cushions are an invitation to kick back, relax and take in a movie. This space is a perfect pairing of luxury and refined simplicity. The custom-built cabinets are a clever combination of display shelving and hidden storage for all the electronics, maintaining the clean, elegant modernist lines of the space. Above the media unit, the transom windows are a restrained architectural feature which deliver soft indirect light into the room.