Sophisticated Living Indianapolis

JAN-FEB 2019

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Working closely with the owners, Froehlich and Gibson set about transforming what had been four smaller rooms into a single large suite with a separate water closet. "We added a window in the shower and a window in the toilet room," explains the designer. "e shower has a curbless entry, thinking ahead to the future when someone may need to use a walker or a wheelchair. As always, I put solid blocking behind the walls in bathrooms so if they ever need grab bars, that's easy to do." Faucets and light fixtures were selected by the owners at a store in Chicago. Once the master suite had been completed, attention shifted to the kitchen, which is a showcase of mid-century design. "e designer's perpetual dilemma is why some things age well and some don't," says Gibson. "is kitchen was pretty timeless, but the brickwork and cabinetry were dated." In addition to hiding the brick with a modern stacked limestone cladding, an alcove arch was replaced with a straight edge that mirrors the angle of the ceiling. The look is now sharp and modern, cleverly emphasizing the angle of the cathedral ceiling. "e stone has been installed with no visible mortar, remarkable mitered corners and looks amazing," the owner enthuses. "e craftsmanship on this installation is over the top." Replacing the original cabinetr y with a modern yet timeless design was a top priority. "I wanted my cabinets to be contemporary, but not utterly stark," explains the lady of the house. "I like the Craftsman look, but wanted something more modern. Julie King of Indiana Kitchens designed a custom cabinet, unlike anything I've ever seen, that works really well for me." In order to bring more light into the kitchen, new skylights were installed, bringing what Gibson refers to as "an infusion of natural light," an element he tries to incorporate into all his designs. "I wanted really big skylights," says the owner, "but Rob used blue tape to mark out facsimiles of larger and smaller ones on the ceiling. Looking at them, I realized he was right; the smaller skylights would look better." In addition to adding the skylights, the kitchen door to the outside was widened as much as possible without allowing the owners to see their neighbor's house. Stone updates brick in the kitchen 68 slmag.net

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