Creating Home Libraries

Three home libraries house plenty of places to read, work, create, or contemplate

Despite the proliferation of e-readers, home libraries remain popular among custom home clients as places to store existing collections, concentrate on work, and curl up with a book or iPad.

 

Watermark Winners

2014 Watermark Project of the Year

The highest honor for our annual Watermark Awards for excellence in kitchen and bath design was awarded to a project that showcases and innovates the use of water in our houses.

Far Pond, Southampton, NY

Our jury awarded this laser-cut steel wall with a floating cooktop a Detail Award because they felt this “composed and highly detailed kitchen adds drama to the whole house."

The Biltmore Residence, Naples, Fla.

Detailing the ceiling in this small, sleek condo kitchen caught the attention of our jury and earned a grand award in the kitchen renovation category.

Bath in a Classical Revival Residence, Greenwich, Conn.

A master bath feels luxurious thanks to beautifully synchronized amenities and masterful melding of varied styles.

Mandeville Canyon Residence, Los Angeles

Like interlocking pieces, the elements of this compact and luxurious bath make for a dynamic space that brings the outside in.

Castenada Master Bath

A light-filled bath in a compact space boasts all the demands of a master suite.

Kitchen With a View, Chicago

When former clients bought the property next door to their Cohen and Hacker-designed house, they enlisted the architects to renovate their kitchen so it would have expansive views of the new gardens they’d created.

Sagaponack House, Sagaponack, N.Y.

A design that blends with this stunning seaside site and materials that will weather the sea air generate a truly indoor-outdoor kitchen.

Hydeaway House, Sonoma, Calif.

A vacation home's open kitchen is a hard-working cooking and partying space that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the house.

Once the steel frame had been lowered onto the porch, the team rotated it until the structural crossbars were in perfect alignment with the orthogonal points of a compass.

Aucoot Cove Outdoor Shower, Marion, Mass.

This outdoor shower looks simple, but closer inspection reveals a depth of detail and precision that elevates it to award-winner: An innovative structure with a daily function.

 
 

K+B Studio Projects

Healthy Living in Seattle

The client’s intense desire to live in a house that was good for her family and the environment inspired architect Bradley Khouri to design a multifunctional, incredibly green, and highly livable place.

Kitchen With a View, Chicago

When former clients bought the property next door to their Cohen and Hacker-designed house, they enlisted the architects to renovate their kitchen so it would have expansive views of the new gardens they’d created.

Country Club Kitchen, Edina, Minn.

“The kitchen improves the whole design of the house,” enthused our jurors about this renovation project.

Mandeville Canyon Residence, Los Angeles

Like interlocking pieces, the elements of this compact and luxurious bath make for a dynamic space that brings the outside in.

Hydeaway House, Sonoma, Calif.

A vacation home's open kitchen is a hard-working cooking and partying space that integrates seamlessly with the rest of the house.

Castenada Master Bath

A light-filled bath in a compact space boasts all the demands of a master suite.

Bath in a Classical Revival Residence, Greenwich, Conn.

A master bath feels luxurious thanks to beautifully synchronized amenities and masterful melding of varied styles.

The Biltmore Residence, Naples, Fla.

Detailing the ceiling in this small, sleek condo kitchen caught the attention of our jury and earned a grand award in the kitchen renovation category.

Sagaponack House, Sagaponack, N.Y.

A design that blends with this stunning seaside site and materials that will weather the sea air generate a truly indoor-outdoor kitchen.

 
 
 

Custom Interiors

The architects of this project typically design contemporary houses, but whatever the style, the challenges of an open kitchen remain the same. 
The New American Bungalow, Evanston, Ill.: Architect: Cohen & Hacker Architects, Evanston; General contractor: Sturm Builders, Northbrook, Ill.; Interior designer: James Thomas, Chicago

Designing Great Open Kitchens

A look at three different open kitchens show artful ways that designers met the challenges that open kitchens pose.