BEFORE: Stone countertops and hickory cabinets replaced this worn-out-looking blue tile. The designer also replaced all the wood-frame windows in the house with metal ones to cut down on maintenance and obstruction of views.
BEFORE: This wooden post dictated the previous kitchen layout. Without it, Jay pushed the kitchen workspaces to the opposite side near large windows and beneath the skylight. American walnut replaced the terra-cotta floors throughout the house.
AFTER: A wood shelving unit and walnut floors now warm the space up. The rug and all-wood monk’s table belonged to the author’s mother. The table once was longer, but Jay had an artisan cut it down, then built the wall long enough to contain it.
AFTER: Moving from the living spaces to the outdoors now occurs via sliding glass doors set into the larger windows, rather than by a swinging door, as seen in the previous photo. From here we'll step inside the door in the foreground to look at the living room.