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Featured on Houzz!
Our owner Carl Christianson’s beautiful Passive House we built is featured on another awesome Houzz article. Author Becky Harris wrote this in her article about Carl’s House: “When building a new passive home for their family of five, builder Carl Christianson and his wife, Julie, used Houzz to help with the home’s style. [They chose an opening that] allows light from the kitchen windows to be shared by the living room. The windows’ tilt-and-turn functionality lets fresh air flow through the spaces.
In addition to all the daylight, LED tape lights under the cabinets, island and a recessed cove in the ceiling provide task lighting and a glow. They also add some fun ambiance, as they can change color through an app. Recessed ceiling lights and two large pendants over the island complete the lighting scheme.
The floors are character-grade hickory, full of variation in color and knots. “We did not put down any carpeting in the house because it’s not good for allergies,” Carl says.
The large north-facing windows over the sink let in sunlight. The size of the windows dictated much of the layout. This view is of an orchard and edible gardens out back. Christianson concentrated the appliances on the adjacent wall.
The blue-and-green inspiration kitchen the couple found in their searches inspired the color scheme and introduced them to this Heath Ceramics backsplash tile. Heath has been making tile in California since 1948, with “honor the hand” as a core value. It’s a principle that echoes those of the Arts and Crafts movement.
The quartz countertops have veining with flecks of blue and green, tying them to the green backsplash tile and the blue island base. The stovetop is induction.
The kitchen is open to the dining room, which also enjoys lots of natural light and views of the landscape. Although the kitchen isn’t overtly Craftsman, its simple style complements the other Craftsman-inspired details seen throughout the house. And elements such as the Mission-style chairs and lighting nod to the Arts and Crafts era.”
Thanks Becky for writing a great article! You can read the full article by following this link: Kitchens Inspired by Arts and Crafts Style