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Photo By: Paul Dyer
Design Notes: With unobstructed views of the Santa Cruz Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, it’s hard to imagine the inhabitants of this kitchen ever concentrating on cooking. The room’s sliding glass doors unveil a 32-foot-wide opening and a panoramic view to the outdoors. Beautiful planks of cedar wood line the kitchen’s ceiling, and wood slabs from a fallen walnut tree make up the rustic, 18-foot-long island countertop. Red cabinets, made from low-formaldehyde MDF, give the space a splash of color. The entire residence is home to a family of eight and is set on a 20-acre plot of land in Aptos, Calif.