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After he revamped a badly dated Reno, Nevada, kitchen in our April issue, architect Jack Hawkins shared with us more endeavors in the home's hardest working room.

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A loft staircase hovers above the kitchen at architect Jack Hawkins' personal residence, maximizing every inch of its 1,000-square-foot footprint. Photo  of One Architect, Five Ways to Do a Modern Kitchen modern homeView Photos

A loft staircase hovers above the kitchen at architect Jack Hawkins' personal residence, maximizing every inch of its 1,000-square-foot footprint.

A lengthy steel bar, a recurring motif in Hawkins' work that can be seen in his Reno kitchen remodel, is the centerpiece of the communal area in this Washoe Valley, Nevada, home. Photo  of One Architect, Five Ways to Do a Modern Kitchen modern homeView Photos

A lengthy steel bar, a recurring motif in Hawkins' work that can be seen in his Reno kitchen remodel, is the centerpiece of the communal area in this Washoe Valley, Nevada, home.

Modern home with Kitchen, Track Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Concrete Floor, Wood Cabinet, Undermount Sink, and Pendant Lighting. Norman Cherner barstools from Design Within Reach line the island in the kitchen, which is crowned by an open loft office. The faucets are from Dornbracht; the countertops are Caesarstone. Hawkins integrated a steel-clad casual eating nook, at left. Photo  of One Architect, Five Ways to Do a Modern KitchenView Photos

At this forest sanctuary, which Hawkins designed for a couple with autistic triplets, Norman Cherner barstools from Design Within Reach line the island in the kitchen. The faucets are from Dornbracht; the countertops are Caesarstone. Hawkins integrated a steel-clad casual eating nook, at left.

The island at this Virginia City, Nevada, home comes in the form of a compact cube, flanked by a dramatic metal staircase. Photo  of One Architect, Five Ways to Do a Modern Kitchen modern homeView Photos

The island at this Virginia City, Nevada, home comes in the form of a compact cube, flanked by a dramatic metal staircase.

Modern home with Kitchen, Glass Tile Backsplashe, Wood Cabinet, Cooktops, Light Hardwood Floor, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, and Wall Oven. Hawkins removed walls and swapped outdated storage for floor-to-ceiling African mahogany cabinetry. Photo  of One Architect, Five Ways to Do a Modern KitchenView Photos

Chip and Susie Hobson called on Hawkins to transform their barely functioning kitchen and dining area into an indoor/outdoor space. The architect removed walls and swapped outdated storage for floor-to-ceiling African mahogany cabinetry. Of the Caesarstone counter, which extends to a built-in steel dining table with a detachable leaf, he says, “The total length is just over 16 feet, which gives it a really beautiful, sleek proportion.”