Variation in tile — both travertine and glass — lends interest in the space, where sliver windows, capped with extension-arm lamps, provide ample task lighting. Outlets are concealed atop each tiled window ledge.
A dual-fuel range offers a pro-style cooktop, genuine European convection™ with an advanced circulation system, up to 10 cooking modes and 4.6 cubic feet of capacity.
A tiled kitchen backsplash inset provides space to display cooking supplies. Oils and vinegars, sourced at a Roswell, Ga., community market, tell a story of sustainability.
In the island front, double doors open to reveal 23-inch-deep by 40-inch-wide storage cabinets. To encourage dining at the table or in the courtyard, interior designer Linda Woodrum eliminated barstools.
The kitchen and the barbecue courtyard share contained garden beds, planted with low-maintenance evergreen mondo grass and camellia japonica, which blooms four to five months out of the year.
"The accordion door in the kitchen not only blurs the line between inside and out but actually removes the exterior wall entirely," says architect Steve Kemp. "Everyone always ends up in the kitchen (you can't prevent it), so we decided to extend the kitchen outside into the courtyard and make it a true center of the home. The glass corner walls visually make the courtyard feel like another room in the home."
A hallway connects the kitchen and other social spaces to the retreat room, a space designed for quiet reflection.
A tall handblown glass canister holds a bouquet of snowball flowers. A stoneware planter presents a plate of beets, interior designer Linda Woodrum's nod to Serenbe Farms.
An undercounter stainless steel farmhouse sink benefits from a classically styled pulldown faucet in a spot-resistant stainless steel. The flow-optimized faucet promises up to 32 percent savings in water usage.
Custom terrazzo-blend countertop material clads three sides of the island. The material, a proprietary mix of cement binder, pozzolans, sand, fiber and decorative aggregates, including bottle glass reclaimed from Atlanta restaurants and neighborhood recycling programs, lends drama to the space.
The flooring material and ceiling design differentiates the kitchen from the dining and living rooms. "You are certainly going to feel like you are in one room or another room, but there are no walls separating spaces," says HGTV Green Home 2012 design and construction expert Curtis Peart.