hawkins & associates, reno

For his own home and kitchen, Jack Hawkins, AIA, LEED AP, “wanted to see how small we could live.” The result “really talks about the kitchen as being more than a kitchen,” said one judge. “It's art the way it's done,” added another. Hawkins loaded as much storage as possible into custom cabinets that climb step-by-step with a hot-rolled steel stair until they level out at counter height. The smooth steel also works as a low-maintenance backsplash that blends nicely with cast-in-place concrete counters. Steamed beech millwork, which Hawkins used throughout the house for continuity, provides a warm counterpoint to the otherwise raw materials.

“The biggest challenge was talking my wife into having our bed in the kitchen,” he chuckles. Much like our jury, however, she quickly fell head over heels for the Murphy bed, along with all of the clever cabinetry.

principal in charge / project architect / interior designer: Jack Hawkins, AIA, LEED AP, Hawkins & Associates;
general contractor: Darin Murphy, MB Construction, Reno, Nev.;
cabinetmaker: Ben Wilborn, Wilborn Woodworking, Reno;
steel fabricator: Paolo Cividino, Tutto Ferro, Reno;
project size: 1,000 square feet;
construction cost: $230 per square foot;
photography: Asa Gilmore.

product specs
cooktop, dishwasher: Miele; hardware: Häfele America Co.; kitchen fittings: Blanco America; kitchen fixtures: Grohe America; lighting fixtures: Contrast Lighting, Lithonia Lighting, Translite Systems; oven/range: Faber; refrigerator: Amana; windows: Vista Window Co.