Butcher block countertop acts as both a functional surface to prepare meals and an accent material to highlight the island. Island countertop can easily seat 5-6 guests, while allowing the cook(s) a clear area in which to work. Slate tiles create a border for the maple inset.
Slate floor tiles create a border around an inset of 6" wide maple planks. Locations of Kitchen and Dining room were originally switched. This arrangement allows the Kitchen to be a "destination", rather than a room to just move through.
Taller ceiling and slate floor tile in this image delineates extent of an addition to the existing Family room. Tall window wall looks directly out to elevated Deck and the lower level Pool. Note maple shelves interweaving with slate wall tile.