Owners Susan Clampitt and Jeremy Waletzky embarked on a yearlong, top-to-bottom renovation with KUBE Architecture that resulted in a two-story living space, an open kitchen and a rear patio space
KUBE architecture is a modern architecture studio that challenges the norms of daily life and attempts to reinterpret ways of working and living in the built environment.
The owners of this home love to cook, and their first requirement was a “cook’s kitchen” as the centerpiece of the house. In addition, they have a strong color preference for black and white. Thus the concept of “salt and pepper” was developed as an inspiration for the design palette. The Owners are also art collectors, so the display of art in the house was another critical component. White walls with black framing elements became a logical extension of the concept. The layout of this kitchen allows hosts to better interact with guests. The emphasis on the kitchen renovation and the black and white color scheme have led to it getting the nickname Salt and Pepper House.
The owners were also looking for a place of calm and relaxation, with the flexibility to transform into an entertainment space for their many gatherings. The need to open up the traditional walled-in rowhouse became apparent. The rear second floor was removed to allow for a double-height wall of windows and sliding doors which connects the 2-story living space to the new rear garden. These connect the rear living space to the backyard, where a tiled patio is cut in half by a small fountain that flows into a river of rocks. It’s reminiscent of west coast backyard design, which is often subtle, modern and makes use of rocks, tiles, and little greenery. Ccustom indoor-outdoor dining furniture was designed; (tables and benches) made of steel, glass and viroc (cement board) to blend in with the architecture.