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Clean lines accent a light-filled kitchen in Mission Hills

A Mission Hills house had sat empty for two years before Bill and Carolyn Patterson, with the design help of Rick McDermott at RDM Architecture, started literally from the ground up.

“The kitchen was one part of the whole house,” says McDermott, who has worked with the Pattersons on two previous projects. “We were trying to do something very different for Mission Hills, but it all passed the architectural review board very quickly,” he says.

The wood and stone design features clerestory windows, which flood the kitchen with light. Along another bank of windows, above the cabinetry, is a row of pig sculptures, one of the family’s collections that McDermott incorporated into the plan. You’ll also see pig mugs on open shelving and a pig theme in wall and fine art.

Quarter-sawn oak and walnut cabinetry with a clear stain underlines a modernist’s love for materials, while the quartz countertop on the island and both Caesarstone and recycled glass on surrounding counters emphasize clean lines and easy living.

“We are no strangers to modern design,” says Carolyn Patterson. “This is our third contemporary house. And it’s one big room, with the kitchen a part of it, so it all had to flow together.”

“I live in this kitchen,” Patterson says. “I am one of those people who believes form follows function. This is the most efficient kitchen I’ve ever had. I can open the cabinet and there’s my roll-top desk. When Bill makes pancakes in the morning, everything he needs is close by. We absolutely love it.”