Tuesday, April 14, 2015

My Favorite Kitchen.....and it's from 2005

This kitchen has everything on my checklist.

Vaulted ceilings
Exposed beams
Open shelving
Stone Interior Walls
Creamy walls and cabinetry
Large wood island
Warm wood floors

The refrigerator appears to be located behind the range wall. 

Of course the icing on the cake is the extension of the space to the outdoor verandas and views of the 
vineyard and Mountain St. Helena beyond. Every room has large glass doors that open to covered porches.

Fred and Mary Constant called upon Architect, Howard J. Backen to create this Napa Valley home where they also run Diamond Mountain Vineyards.

The pavilion style home has a copper roof and limestone exterior.
There is a "Cave"  entrance of native stone that also serves as wine storage.

The property also has a vegetable garden and a grove of 100 year old olive trees from which they make their own olive oil.

Yes, I think I could spend some time here!

You can see more of the architects stunning portfolio at Backen, Gillam & Kroeger Architects.

Original article featured in the June 2005 issue of Architectural Digest can be found here.

Photos by Erhard Pfeiffer

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