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The kitchen is defined by freestanding banks of millwork.

Scenic Overlook

This Wyoming kitchen opens to a large great room space--and even larger views--while keeping the business of cooking discreetly under wraps.

Scenic Overlook

This Wyoming kitchen opens to a large great room space--and even larger views--while keeping the business of cooking discreetly under wraps.

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    Matthew Millman

    The kitchen is defined by freestanding banks of millwork.

  • A bar-height backsplash helps conceal cooking operations from the adjacent dining area.

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    A bar-height backsplash helps conceal cooking operations from the adjacent dining area.

  • The breakfast bay looks out on a nearby pond.

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    The breakfast bay looks out on a nearby pond.

  • The kitchen is open to its surrounding areas, but millwork is used to organize the space and to keep cooking duties separate from the dining and living areas.

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    The kitchen is open to its surrounding areas, but millwork is used to organize the space and to keep cooking duties separate from the dining and living areas.

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    Matthew Millman

    The kitchen is open to its surrounding areas, but millwork is used to organize the space and to keep cooking duties separate from the dining and living areas.

Peaks View Residence comes by its name honestly. Located at the base of Wyoming’s Teton Pass, it stands in a former hay meadow shadowed by towering snow-capped mountains. Architect Eric Logan paid tribute to the setting by designing the house’s primary living space as a kind of land-based observatory. Encompassing kitchen, dining, and living functions, the room salutes the peaks with a long shed roof that rises toward the west. “The kitchen is tucked back at the low end,” explains Logan, from which the sloping ceiling directs attention upward and outward.

While leaving the kitchen open to the surrounding spaces, Logan used millwork to organize work and seating, and to conceal cooking operations from the dining and living areas. Three freestanding elements—two sink islands and a bank of cabinets containing wall ovens and the main refrigerator—give the room its shape, which is reinforced by a ceiling-hung cabinet between the kitchen and the dining area. “We called it ‘the UFO’ or ‘the Tube,’” Logan says. “It’s a container for glassware behind these sliding glass panels, lit from within.” Only the range and its surrounding cabinets anchor to a wall. A pantry with a third sink and a second refrigerator keeps smaller appliances off the main counters but within easy reach. A windowed breakfast bay projects toward the south, with a lower ceiling, a more intimate scale, and a view of the property’s nearby pond.

Sapele millwork and ceramic tile backsplashes contrast with the lighter-colored madrone flooring, hemlock ceiling, and stone composite countertops. Stainless steel cabinet hardware helps integrate the built-in appliances and range hood. Square recessed lighting fixtures keep overhead space clear, blending discreetly into the ceiling board pattern. The simple materials palette and crisp detailing lend a sense of order that doesn’t compete with the main event outside, resulting in a platform for family life that’s as efficient as it is uplifting. “These clients were interested in having it all happen in one room,” Logan says. This one should fit the bill nicely.


Project:

Peaks View Residence, Wilson, Wyo.; Builder: Dembergh Construction, Wilson; Architect: Carney Logan Burke Architects, Jackson, Wyo.; Photographer: Matthew Millman. /

Resources:

Ceramic tile: Heath Ceramics; Cooktop: Wolf; Countertops: Silestone; Dishwasher: KitchenAid; Fittings: Grohe; Fixtures: Kohler; Ovens: Wolf; Refrigerators: SubZero; Windows: Loewen.