With Benecki at the helm, the term “spec home” takes on a different meaning. After scooping up a 1970s Buckhead property, they assembled a team of talents to transform it into an airy abode more suitable for today’s open-concept lifestyle. Cydney Mitchell of Source and Natalia Makarova of Karpaty took lead in the kitchen’s design.
“Originally, the kitchen was this small room that felt disconnected from the rest of the house, both physically and visually,” says Makarova. “The goal was to make it feel like it belongs by opening it up to the main living areas and just letting it breathe.”
With the walls removed and the previous kitchen taken down to the studs, Mitchell and Makarova went to the drawing board, devising a way to make the new kitchen effortlessly match the freshened up aesthetics of the adjoining family and breakfast rooms.
To complement the modern lines of the connected spaces, they decided on flush millwork panels, fabricated by Karpaty. While it offers a crisp and tidy look, the white oak was finished with a chocolate brown water-based stain for something more graphic. “This allows the grain to bleed through and provide texture, so when you’re in the space, it doesn’t feel stark at all,” explains Makarova.
Its deep coloring also lets the kitchen’s marble niche—dreamed up by Mitchell—serve as the star of the space. While seemingly simple in form with its waterfall ledge, the niche was, in fact, a complex task that included absorbing some of the garage and seamlessly integrating the hood, of which the bottom is marble too. Imported directly from Carrara, Italy, the marble was acquired by Brittany Stafford, co-owner of Source, after a monthslong search for the perfect slabs, which are also featured in the newly added scullery.
“Functionally, it’s truly multipurpose,” says Mitchell when describing the finished kitchen. “And aesthetically, it feels like a breath of fresh air now.”
DESIGNERS Karpaty, karpatycabinets.com, Source, sourceatl.com and Melanie Turner Interiors, melanieturnerinteriors.com ARCHITECT Ruard Veltman, ruardveltmanarchitecture.com BUILDER Benecki, beneckihomes.com CONTRACTOR Cole Construction, coleconstructionga.com HARDWARE Matthew Quinn Collection, matthewquinncollection.com MARBLE Source COOKTOP Gaggenau, gaggenau.com