At the heart of the addition is a soaring kitchen (left) with high ceilings and skylights in a hybrid timber- frame construction. The homeowner chose black- green soapstone countertops by Morningstar Stone and Tile because, she says, “they don’t feel as hard as granite.” A carefully placed interior window opening over the apron sink allows guests to pass their plates from the dining room. Scott Stuart of Fine Lines Construction’s cabinet shop built the cabinetry. “A lot of effort was taken to make the cabinet design as functional as possible while maintaining a particular look,” says designer Mike Maines. A Viking range and cooktop are flanked by awning windows centered on the north wall. Ted Andrews talked the homeowner into a bigger stove to anchor the room proportionally. “It’s like a piece of furniture,” she says.