Contemporary Kitchen Reflects Designers’
By John Filippelli
BELLEVUE, WAFor some designers, seeing a project from the client’s
point of view can give them a new perspective one that truly
reflects the consumer’s innermost needs. Realizing this, Michael
Burke, owner and designer of Bellevue, WA-based Statements Design
& Building Co., Inc., took the idea one step further when
creating this contemporary kitchen, located here: he became the
Burke, along with his wife, Linda, and designer Matthew Mawer,
worked to create an eclectic, casual and contemporary design for
the Burke’s home, complete with a floor plan suited to their
active, flexible lifestyle.
Though they were facing rigid height restrictions and water line
setbacks from city ordinances, the designers incorporated a
three-car garage and an autonomous living unit for Linda’s father
within the layout. Their solution to the challenge of tight
quarters was “less rooms with more open, flexible space,” Burke
states. Since the active areas were open, flexible and relatively
small, furniture was kept to a minimum.
Calling the kitchen the focal point of his ‘Great Room’ design,
Burke points out that the kitchen and Great Room encompass 43
lineal feet, with the kitchen ceiling reaching 9’3″. The space
features a slew of ‘spec’ home materials and product lines.
Burke is quick to point out that “designing and building
efficiently is as much about time as it is about cost, and as much
about ingenuity as it is about expensive selections.” Citing his
belief that a large price tag does not necessarily look and feel
expensive or dramatic, Burke defines his design style as “the
ability to take materials and put them together in such a way that
is unique, different and not being done in the general
Infusing these elements allowed Burke to create a space that he
succinctly describes as “more comfortable than elegant, more
industrial than traditional residences, and more ‘artsy’ than
architectural designs.” He adds, “Every inch of cabinetry, tile,
slate and molding as well as the placement of every appliance and
light fixture must appear to be part of a grand plan of simplicity
cabinetry from Canyon Creek, complete with Centennial Shaker doors
and a Whisper White/Slate Gray patina, is one of the many
highlights of the space, he remarks. Using well-designed cabinetry
for efficiency and function was critical, because of the limited
amount of space available for the active areas.
Burke chose to run the 43 lineal feet of continuous cabinetry
from the phone niche to the pantry storage space and the Sub-Zero
refrigerator, then to the counter and Dacor range and hood to the
China hutch display, which features a pull-out drawer space for
table linens. The kitchen base cabinets were painted slate gray to
contrast with the T&G natural maple floor, Burke
All of the other cabinet doors are wide-rail shaker style,
designed to blend with the prevalent geometric styling. The slight
Whisper White allows the good grain to add softness with a hint of
texture, Burke explains. The white also worked with the color of
the porcelain tile countertops, the honed slate backsplashes and
geometric breakfast bar in the great room.
As he notes, all of the kitchen cabinets feature upgraded,
full-extension hardware and roll-out shelves for easy access. The
cabinetry features stainless steel restoration hardware, as well as
a hand-formed cherry-light valance and horizontal detailing.
Storage drawers for CDs and videos are contained in the base
cabinetry that meets the sculptural fireplace with honed slate.
Jerusalem gold limestone and corrugated metal are anchored by the
A.V. Cabinet, and add to the contemporary feel of the design.
Describing the importance of storage for the design, Burke
explains, “The spaces and location of working and storage areas are
carefully planned, both for our ‘spec’ homes and for our own home.
We exhaust all means to achieve these goals.”
A wealth of high-end
appliances were used for the design, including a Sub-Zero
refrigerator with maple door panels and a Dacor 36″
commercial-style cooktop, both of which blend comfortably with the
design theme, according to Burke. A stainless steel hood fan from
Vent-A-Hood gives the space a contemporary feel, while two Bosch
stainless steel dishwashers, a 36″ stainless steel Franke sink and
a commercial-style stainless steel faucet from Kohler Co. complete
These materials were chosen as much for their function as for
their aesthetics, according to Burke. Offering an ease of use and
accessibility, the appliances allow the couple to easily navigate
the space, whether entertaining or enjoying a quiet night at home.
A 12″x12″ honed slate backsplash blends with the cabinetry and
enhances the cooktop and hood fan, Burke notes.
The Great Room offers a slatebreakfast bar, skewed at an angle,
as well as a wet bar and a built-in buffet in the dining room,
ideal for entertaining guests, Burke observes.
Completing the kitchen is maple T&G flooring in a natural
hue (which was used for the entire main floor), which complements
the soft tones of the cabinetry.
Additional aesthetic appeal can be seen in the 12″x12″ porcelain
tile kitchen counter, in a Grigio hue. The porcelain tiles were
selected after the designers ruled out concrete countertops due to
cracking concerns, Burke notes. In addition, the color of the
porcelain was exactly that of concrete, and gave the kitchen a more
stable application and warmer, cleaner lines, according to
Burke notes that lighting was key to the project. “[The lighting
was crucial] in defining areas, moods and activity,” he remarks.
This was achieved by using mostly line-voltage lighting fixtures
with a few dimmers, and only a few low-voltage combining
traditional fixtures, track lighting and free-form pendants.
The cabinetry in the master bath replicates that used in the
kitchen. Burke chose the same Canyon Creek cabinetry in Millenia
style with Centennial maple doors stained Whisper White. The vanity
in the master bath measures over 20″ long and 36″ high, complete
with built-in dressers and a make-up vanity area. The cabinets are
suspended to feature down lighting, adding a dramatic feel, Burke
says. The decktops of the cabinetry are honed green slate, and the
slate is seen in the floor tiles as well, creating a warm, cohesive
look for the space.
Designed as both a refuge from the clients’ hectic
schedules and an informal gathering spot for friends and family,
this kitchen features a rustic log cabin design theme and a
stunning mountainous view.
Softened by a combination of stone and natural
woods, the kitchen features custom cabinetry of solid pine wood,
with a beadboard painted in a hunter green hue. To add a provincial
warmth, the mouldings offer a rustic white pine sheen and square
stock flat boards
The 16-ft. solid pine island is a focal point of
the kitchen, and features earthen-toned granite counters that span
tree column to tree column, creating the perfect setting for
A stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator and Viking
range and hood add function to the space, while complementing the
farmhouse-style design of the kitchen. A Fisher & Paykel
dishwasher is strategically placed, and offers separate pull-out
drawers that can also be used for storage of pots and pans.
Natural and artificial light complement the design,
adding subtle warmth while enhancing the rear elevation mountain
Products include: Custom cabinetry in solid pine
with a bead board painted hunter green hue; stainless steel Viking
range and hood; stainless steel Sub-Zero refrigerator; Fisher &
Paykel stainless steel dishwasher and Grohe faucetry.