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of purposes beyond be- ing a space to whip up a meal. They’re the heart of your home — the command center— the family gather- ing spot. So it’s no wonder why kitchens are where homeowners invest their renovation budget, and why homebuyers pay a premium for an updated look. And savvy design profession- als agree, spicing up your kitchen with stylish, time- less and natural materials — like cypress — is a recipe for success.
Planning a new or remod- eled kitchen can be an excit- ing, yet overwhelming time. Designer Erika Powell from Urban Grace Interiors in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, says making the process less stressful boils down to ensuring the layout meets your needs.
“When starting a project, we first like to sit down with our clients in order to get to know them and how they will be using their kitchen,” she says. “If an architect is involved, we also like to work hand in hand with them so that any overarch-
ing architectural vision they may have is included in the interior design as well.”
Nowadays, homeown- ers are mostly looking for open-concept floor plans with kitchens that open up to living and dining rooms. And because there’s less available wall space, there are fewer upper cabinets. To compensate, modern kitchen layouts feature ex- pansive islands with seating and storage, a pantry for canned and dry goods, and a butler pantry to hide away less frequently used items.
“Once we determine the layout, then we get to work on selecting build- ing products and finishes,” Powell says. “While there is a wide range of products to choose from, our style fo- cuses on fine materials and classic design elements. Be-
ing near the beach, our cli- ents gravitate toward light and natural materials — and products like real wood are just more beautiful. A wood like cypress is stable and durable with unique charm. It’s a fixture in many of our kitchen projects.”
When it comes to choos- ing cabinetry, architect Ben Patterson from Bossier City, Louisiana, says it doesn’t take long to notice the dif- ference between cabinetry that’s built with solid wood and what you can find at the big box stores.
“In my experience, home- owners value the natural character and quality of sol- id wood cabinets,” he says. “I’m a full-service architect and usually design custom cabinets for the projects I
work on. And I like work- ing with local materials, so my cabinet designs usually have a cypress face with a birch box.”
Selecting a finish can be tricky, but Patterson says trends come and go.
“Painted cabinets seem to be all the rage these days, but a natural wood finish is tasteful and time- less,” he adds. “And that’s another reason I love cy- press. Whether new growth, old growth, sinker, or pecky, cypress is simply beautiful.”
If your kitchen feels a little bland, luxury homebuilder Matt Cain from Dallas- based Tatum Brown Custom Homes says what’s overhead is often overlooked.
“In kitchens, we typically install a wood plank ceiling treatment to add visual tex- ture and aesthetic warmth,” he says. “There are a lot of materials to work with, but I prefer cypress — especially pecky cypress — because it offers such a specific look and homeowners just fall in love with it. In fact, I’ve never painted a cypress ceiling; it’s too beautiful to cover up.”
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