Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JAN 2019

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also allows the cabinetry underneath them to look much cleaner, more subdued and more in the background. In addition, the waved soffits allowed us to hide—or at least minimize—the fact that we were adding depth to the wall to build the cabinets, while at the same time making the refrigerator seem flush and, again, helping the mass of the kitchen feel more unobtrusive. It's kind of like a Brunelleschi effect, making a secondary surface (the soffits) ap- pear to be the primary one. The soffit curves help hide the chase for the oven hood as well. The clean look of the new kitchen, achieved with the wavy soffits helping frame the cabinetry and appliances, also becomes a more subdued backdrop to the soapstone backsplash and countertop with their "lightning bolt" veins of white. No Unused Space The old kitchen nook became a space for some occasional furniture and curved bookcases we built to presage the large curves in the great room one would see next. We also built a cased opening be- tween the entryway and the old kitchen space so that when someone comes in, there's now a sense of arrival and a vestibule—like an anteroom before you enter the living area. Architecture is very similar to cinema in certain ways, and how you frame the experience of walking through the spaces is key. Each room becomes a different scene in the narrative. Making the work go all the more smoothly was being able to count on the Adams + Beasley con- struction crew to execute the details, mocking up the curves and making sure to send photos as soon as they were up, so things could be tweaked before they went too far down the road. How does Schnitman feel about the transfor- mation of her space in Boston's funky SoWa Art & Design District, a retrofitted parcel of once- neglected warehouses? "It is a WOW! kitchen," she says. "The size of my island now accommodates my paper-making needs. And I recently had a Day of the Dead party for 30 and just moved the island down a bit—it's on wheels—and there was plenty of room." In other words, as they say in cinema, that's a wrap. Zac Culbreth, AIA, graduated from Brown University with degrees in Architectural Studies and Visual Arts and continued his study of architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. After completing his education, Culbreth led design teams for William Rawn Associates, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and Maryann Thompson Architects, and was instrumental in launching the project-planning wing of Adams + Beasley Associates, a high-end residential construction firm in the Boston area. During his time with Adams + Beasley, Culbreth led the loft renovation featured in this article. He is currently based in the Berkshires as founding principal of Zac Culbreth Architecture, where he continues to pursue his driving goal to create beautiful things. Larry Lindner has written about home and design for publications including the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Design New England, and Green Builder. He particularly enjoys preparing articles and other materials for Adams + Beasley, as that allows him to nosy around some of the most finely executed residential construction projects in and around Boston. [ left ] The plaster "ribbon" soffits add a unique design element while simul- taneously minimizing additional wall depth and framing the space. [ middle ] A soapstone backsplash and countertop pop against the clean look of the kitchen shelving and rift white oak cabinetry. [ right ] An area formerly occupied by the kitchen now serves as a space for custom-built curved bookcases and occasional furniture. DESIGNER'S NOTEBOOK 32 JANUARY 2019 QR QUALIFIEDREMODELER.COM

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