A recent Canadian client of ours sent us some photos of her new Stealth Mini-kitchen and we were so impressed that we asked her to send more images of her home with explanations. The following is her story in her own words.
The kitchen is for a one bedroom guest suite in my house. The sliding wall (guarded by Foxy, my rescue terrier looking somewhat guilty) separates the foyer from the multi function living room/kitchen/dining area of the suite. There is also a sleeper sofa in that room.
The Stealth Kitchen by YesterTec is made of walnut with a washed stain. The two burner induction cooktop and convection oven allow guests to cook anything at all, make a mess and close it up.
The cabinet to the left of the Stealth mini-kitchen is made of a type of fiberboard, exposed, and covered with silver laminate (also comes in simple grey, the silver was my custom wish, a great design and very practical too.
The floor is concrete with in-floor warm water heat, prints of leaves collected on site embedded in the surface, sealed with a glossy sealer. I love that floor!
The house (finished 2010) is built in a contemporary style, but only the suite is monochromatic in grey. The rest is white walls and neutrals with splashes of color in common areas and each bedroom with its own character, no two bedrooms alike (we have 3 of them, plus the suite, plus a cubby hole with a view of the kitchen, which the kids love. A few pictures attached (I have hundreds; the house took a year to build and is one of my lifetime achievements). Energy efficient, sustainably built downtown between some of the last remaining existing trees (LEED Platinum Level), esthetically unique, practical and versatile for my family with 3 children and all kinds of animals. The floors in the main house are acid etched concrete, it looks cool, but I most prefer it in its natural color grey.
The existing trees have been complemented with a woodland type planting and a pond in the back yard, which also serves as a rain water catchment. We feed our solar power into the grid, collect rainwater in a cistern in the basement, and have a battery bank that last two days when the power goes out. The roll shutters are mostly for privacy and to shut the light out, those shutters are one of my favorite features. They are also good for security and to keep the windows safe during storms (so close to the trees).
The upstairs master bathroom couldn’t have a window, because it is inside a ‘heating wall’, which uses passive solar heat to preheat water. So I brought the trees inside with this custom made mosaic in blues, right beside the bathtub. It has hidden glow-in-the dark accents, when the light is turned off, one can see stars and a moon crescent.
Ellen Hansen, BC, Canada