The kitchen was the largest alteration to GreenSteel’s original plan. Knowing they needed more cooking space, Onno added a third, smaller module to the design to house a combination kitchen and breakfast nook. “This addition dramatically altered the feeling of the house,” says Onno. “It created a separate wing that looks and feels as if it was added on over time.” A large framed opening keeps everything airy and well connected, while a combination of closed-front cabinets and open shelves maximizes space in the small kitchen and keeps it from feeling static.
Jennifer and Onno made strategic budget choices in their design. They saved on standard solid-surface countertops so they could spend more on the signature recycled-glass tile backsplash. Jennifer created the butcher-block island’s custom finish by using blue paint and a liming wax.