Snohomish, WA—Green design is currently a central trend in kitchen and home renovation, but it has long been a key design element in the Pacific Northwest, where passions run high when discussing environmental issues. Natural products, renewable resources and energy saving items are all part of the area’s design story.
This design philosophy was evident in this year’s Seattle Street of Dreams showhouse presentation, which focused on a single street of homes located here. The homes, which ranged in size from 4,200 to 4,750 square feet, focused on green building and green products.
The homes on the street were judged on eight different categories by the general public, realtors and a professional committee, and Copper Falls, a home designed and built by Lockie Homes, Inc. and its president, Todd Lockie, was awarded “Best Kitchen” and “Best of Show.”
Copper Falls features classic elements of the Craftsman style – “architecture with a warm, traditional touch,” comments Sherry Erickson, office manager, Lockie Homes, Inc. in Snohomish. “Such design is an excellent fit for the Pacific Northwest, as the heavily textured exteriors of native wood products and stone allow for a look and feel indigenous to this earthy area.”
Several lifestyles came into play when creating the overall design of the house. The home worked for the empty nester, who could live on the main floor and entertain guests there in the surroundings of the kitchen and dining area, while saving the upstairs for visiting children and grandchildren.
The house also functions well for an active family with children, according to Erickson. “The family kitchen is easy to use and enjoy, and the upstairs living space features three full baths, allowing plenty of space for everyone, without the inconveniences.
“Flexibility is the key to the Copper Falls design,” Erickson stresses. “Whether an older couple is entertaining friends with a formal meal or the school-age kids need a quick bite to eat before heading out the door, the kitchen offers versatility. The simple floor plan allows for easy maneuverability, wide countertops feature plenty of space and state-of-the-art Viking appliances provide stylish appeal.”
The home’s overall warmth and natural feel extends into the kitchen through the use of cabinetry and countertops in robust form and tone, Erickson continues.
Cabinetry from Canyon Creek is featured throughout Copper Falls, and makes a strong design statement in the kitchen. The company’s Cornerstone beaded inset cabinetry in the Mount Vernon door style in maple is used on the majority of the room’s perimeter. These cabinets feature Canyon Creek’s Crème Brule finish – where dark highlighting paint is applied over a Crème base in detailed areas.
The creamy tones of the perimeter cabinetry contrast the deep, rich tones of the black Viking range and range hood, which is finished in Espresso stain on cherry.
In keeping with the comfortably upscale, organic character of the kitchen, dual dishwashers and a refrigerator were also hidden behind Espresso-stained cabinet fronts, as were oven-side spice storage columns. All of the appliances in the room were provided by Viking Range Corp. and Ariston Appliances. The Mount Vernon door style and Espresso tones of the range hood and appliance fronts are reflected in the kitchen island as well.
The cabinets and range hood were embellished with carved moldings and carved legs, provided by Enkeboll Designs and Brown Wood Products. All of the cabinets were topped with granite countertops in Madagascar, a vibrant and earthy combination of brown, cream and rust tones.
Rich tones were also featured in the room’s surfaces, provided by Integrity Floors in Snohomish. “The firm created the matching ceiling and inlay floor patterns, countertop textures and special tiles used within Copper Falls,” comments Erickson.
Above the range, a distinctive tile pattern drawing colors from the countertops makes a bold statement.
The large living space upstairs and down in Copper Falls features multiple bathrooms.
“The uniquely equipped, space-filled bathrooms entice the senses with state-of-the-art function found in beautiful form,” emphasizes Erickson. “This is accomplished through items such as the stimulating hydrotherapy/massage master suite showering system with a digital interface and the powder room’s exquisite cast bronze basin sporting an ancient look using patterned elevated ridges and scrolls that help direct water flow.”
The upstairs bathroom cabinetry is outfitted with Limoge and Monticello door styles from Canyon Creek, using maple and alder woods with stain selections of Crème Brule and Honey.
“For all intent and purpose, the fine craftsmanship and loving attention to detail offer completion to the warm, natural, earthy feeling within this home,” concludes Erickson.