Modern farmhouse kitchen
Why we love the look
Concrete countertops, exposed brick walls, and metal windows and doors are contemporary in a natural, laid-back way, like a cottage you’d discover in Napa Valley.
About this kitchen
Russ and Kara Kiefer designed and sourced this industrial-chic kitchen themselves for their new house in the ecofriendly Serenbe neighborhood. Architect Steve Dray helped bring their plans to life. “We pretty much knew what we wanted from photos of other kitchens as well as friends with a similar design in their home,” says Kara. “We wanted the industrial barn look and wanted to carry the finishes throughout, which is why all our countertops are concrete and hardware is matte black.”
The black counter-to-ceiling steel window that divides the butler’s pantry from the main kitchen was the starting point, says Kara. The range is placed along a brick wall and flanked by more windows.
“We definitely wanted a solid concrete island, with a bar where our kids could eat and a lot of working space while we’re cooking,” says Kara. “I wanted apron-front concrete sinks to mirror a farmhouse kitchen but still maintain the industrial look.” Concrete artisan Bill Thornton installed the surfaces on-site. The Kiefers love the informal elegance and patina of concrete. It’s often less expensive than granite, Kara adds. However, she has found that as concrete settles, small pinholes may appear that are hard to clean. “If you’re not okay with the color and surface changing as the surfaces age, I definitely would not choose concrete,” says Kara.
Nothing says industrial like steel windows and doors. Kara and Russ commissioned theirs from Atlanta-based Forge Fine Steel. Because their property backs up to the Serenbe Stables, the ability to see out to the pastures was a priority. Be aware that steel windows and doors can cost twice as much as wooden ones.
Architect: Steve Dray, The Residential Design Studio, 404-806-0936
Concrete countertops and sinks: Thornton Concrete Studio, 706-295-5155
Metal windows and doors: Forge Fine Steel, forgefinesteel.com
Pendant lantern: Restoration Hardware Outlet in Dawsonville, restorationhardware.com
All appliances: Viking, vikingrange.com
Sink faucet: Vigo, vigoindustries.com
Hardware: My Knobs, myknobs.com
Chairs: Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn, potterybarn.com.