The island features a cantilevered seating area made from Paralam – a recycled board that is milled down and finished. “It gives the whole island texture,” stresses Schey.
An exposed Paralam beam on a portion of the ceiling mirrors the eating area of the island.
The room’s design – linear with no returns and walls – took advantage of the natural light, a significant green design element.
“There is natural light behind the cabinets and along the counter wall,” Schey explains. “The kitchen is surrounded by three areas of natural light.
And, according to Schey, the lighting fixtures that were placed throughout the room are very energy advanced.
“The pendant lights located over the island are LED, which should have a life expectancy of 15 years. They put off no heat and use very little energy,” he notes. “And, hanging fluorescents encased in aluminum hang over the cook area.
The cement flooring is highly durable and features significant recycled content. “It also has embedded radiant heat, which makes it comfortable to walk around barefoot,” notes Schey. It is sealed in a non-toxic satin sheen.