Just What the Doctor Ordered
A surgeon’s penthouse in a unique new building is as masculine as it is beautiful.
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The homeowner enjoys cooking on a six-burner Viking range, so she recommended a backsplash of large pavers, which are much easier to wipe down than small tiles. “With a large tile, there’s not as much grout to keep clean,” she says.
A double-bowl, stainless steel sink is extra large and extra deep, the better to wash large pots—and to keep mix bowls and utensils out of sight when food preparation is in full swing.
The kitchen also includes such niceties as granite counter tops and a wine refrigerator. The doctor, a clinical professor of physical therapy at the University of Delaware, spied a ceramic clock depicting a Blue Hen, the school mascot, on a trip to Portugal, so he took it to a new home over his kitchen sink.
Cherry cabinets are timeless and traditional on the outside. Inside, cupboards are outfitted with pull-out drawers to make the contents more accessible. Ellis suggested installing a second tier of cabinets for a total height of 52 inches. The upper cabinets provide storage for small appliances and large serving pieces that aren’t used daily.
Visually, the taller cabinet height gives the two-story living space a much better sense of proportion.
“You don’t want to be looking in from the living area and see nothing but a big, blank wall,” Ellis says.
A peninsula with bar-height seating separates the kitchen from a casual living room. The chairs at the counter are upholstered in a durable check pattern. The living room sofas are covered in brown leather with saddle-stitch detailing. The windows are treated with simple wood blinds.
“Because of the close proximity of the seating area to the cooktop, I kept fabrics to a minimum,” Ellis says, “and what fabrics we did use are sturdy and protected with Scotchguard.”
Dining is informal at the bar-height table and chairs brought in from the client’s previous home.
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