At this cozy Finnish home, carpenter Matti Salminen, a family friend of the residents, built the birch cabinets and island for the kitchen.
This outbuilding in coastal Massachusetts serves as a studio, a guest house, and a playroom. A Murphy bed sourced from Craigslist was customized with a birch surround to give it a built-in appearance.
In the kitchen of this Harlem renovation, the architects contrasted the oak floor, bamboo cabinetry, and birch walls and ceiling with what architect Jonathan Knowles calls “a family of grays”: granite floor tiles, limestone countertops, and the steel stairway. The birch wall behind Yvette is actually the sliding door to the pantry closet.
At this one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, the cabinet doors of the living room wall unit, in birch veneer painted a calming gray, slide with silken ease but never fully close, leaving strategic gaps for the display of Jun’s eclectic array of books and objects.
In 1956, architect Carl Koch, a prefab pioneer, erected one of his earliest “Techbuilt Houses.” Seen here, this 2,400-square-foot four-bedroom home is constructed largely out of standardized four-by-eight-foot modules attached to a post-and-beam frame. During a renovation, a new team of architects exchanged the original furniture-grade Luan mahogany ceiling for a stained birch plywood.
Custom birch millwork, fabricated by Gibson Greenwood, defines a home office space on the second floor of this open-plan Toronto home.
Built-ins abound in this renovation of a 1970s lodge perched high in the French Alps. H2O Architectesdevised a plan to increase livable space while leaving the structure intact. What results is a contemporary ski chalet that makes the most of its small footprint thanks to bunk beds, hidden storage, and streamlined circulation. To accommodate the gentle curve of the "unit," the architects selected birch plywood.
At this compact Portland home, Baltic birch plywood cabinets are paired with white oak countertops. The combination speed oven, microwave, and convection oven is from Miele.