Unconventional elements make up this open, airy Semerjian built kitchen. Whereas most cabinets are made in maple or cherry, these are made with clear and pecky cypress, harvested from swamplands mostly found in the South. The material actually comes from a fungal attack that leaves long, narrow burrows or cavities in the wood of the cypress tree. Once the tree is cut down, or harvested, the fungal attack stops, leaving the beautiful, unique patterns. In order to make finished cabinetry out of pecky cypress, a millwork shop has be skilled and experienced enough to assemble and craft a finished cabinet out of this material.
By blending the heavy graining and rustic feel of cabinetry with a Calacatta Gold marble counter top and stainless steel stink, the kitchen mixes modern with traditional elements. While not the norm, the placement of the sink overlooking the salon/living room was done intentionally so that the owner can interact with guests while preparing their meals.