This interior project included 3 main areas; remodel the kichen, establish the family room as part of a great room and enhance the entry staircase. The kitchen was transformed by replacing dark dated oak cabinets with crisp white cabinets and adding black beauty granite for high contrast.
Character and functionality was incorporated into the family room by creating a custom entertainment center and drop zone for the family’s personal items. The front entry staircase was dramatically enhanced by restoring the stairs and painting the stringer and risers from dark brown to white.
It also took up valuable countertop space. The double ovens and refrigerator was located at the end of the island which also created a bit of a traffic jam and having to view the large refrigerator from the living area was not the most appealing. After the remodel, the refrigerator and oven now place on the side wall, are now more accessible and the Wolf cook top and beautiful herringbone tiled backsplash creates a strong focal point.
Family and guests can socialize at the island or the expanding table, which seats three when closed and up to eight when open. The homeowners chose elegant natural materials and finishes –custom red birch cabinetry, leather-finish black Cambrian granite and Pisces Green polished granite countertops, and Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors. Professional-quality appliances include a gas stove, convection oven, French door refrigerator, dishwasher, trash compactor, prep sink, and beverage refrigerator. Organized for efficiency, the custom cabinetry houses a coffee bar, separate recycling, and trash bins, a pull-out spice rack, and warming drawer. The corner walk-in pantry keeps essentials close at hand, while a separate bulk pantry located near the garage holds oversize items.
This kitchen remodel was part of a whole house renovation in Los Altos. By borrowing space from adjacent rooms, we transformed the kitchen from a narrow, one-person space to one where multiple people can be using the room at the same time. . A large island, state of the art appliances, and convenient desk and file area make the room beautiful as well as functional.
Natural materials – white princess granite, silver travertine flooring, glass subway tile backsplash, and crystal pendant lighting add the right touch of glamour and blend seamlessly with finishes in adjacent rooms.
The remodeled kitchen features a 6-burner professional gas range and grill, a generous island with prep sink, a recessed compost bin, and a corner pantry. Tucked under the toe kick near the range is a convenient vent for the whole-house vacuum, making sweeping up messes a breeze. Installed in the attic, the fan for the ventilation hood over the range is quiet even on its highest setting.
The entire remodel included adding 200 sq. ft. to the front of the home for an entry foyer, laundry room and full-size bathroom. Interior walls were removed and/or opened and ceiling height raised to make the whole house look and feel larger than it is and to create a multi-use Great room used for entertainment and dining.
It was important to the homeowners that the design harmonize with the original architecture and at the same time meet current functional needs.
Prior to the remodel, the kitchen was separated from the adjacent family and dining rooms by walls on all four sides. Windows provided a view of the side fence and the neighbor’s roof and little natural light entered the space. A kitchen table sat on one side of the room with all cabinetry and appliances on the other.
Removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room created a more open feeling and a natural flow between the rooms. A breakfast bar was created to replace the kitchen table, allowing for a much more functional and spacious layout. The corner sink is positioned below a bank of wrap-around windows that provide views of the professionally-designed garden and patio. Additionally, a skylight was installed and now the room receives natural light throughout the day.
By far, the most striking change is the glamorous visual twist of constructing a soffit and installing a wall of cabinetry in a curved configuration to create a sense of movement and vibrancy in the space. The floor-to-ceiling curve of cost-effective, modular ash cabinets was challenging to design and install; however the results were worth the effort. Camouflaged in the bank of cabinets is a counter-depth French door refrigerator, so the view from both the family room and dining room is now attractive, And, built-ins, typical of California bungalow architecture were added in the dining room to add character and increase functionality.
The homeowners wanted to keep the gold color of the floor exactly the same, but their warn linoleum was replaced with Giallo Travertine, a gold natural stone. The former oak cabinets were replaced with rich cherry wood with a pecan finish. The new kitchen window was pushed out towards the exterior which provided depth and a deeper sill for plants. It was also framed to match the other doors and windows throughout the home. Keeping with owners wishes for simplicity, the diamond slate backsplash was installed behind the cooktop.
The overall goal of this project was to update the kitchen and adjoining laundry room within the home’s existing footprint to give the home a larger feel without adding square footage. To accomplish this, a section of the wall between the kitchen and the dining area was removed to improve flow between the areas.
The owner wanted the look of the kitchen to be clean and clutter free and therefore two appliance garages were placed near the bay window. A section of the wall between the kitchen and laundry room was also removed to allow for a swinging door to be installed for easier access. Granite countertops, maple cabinets and oak flooring were installed to complete this lovely ranch home.
Vaulted ceilings and clerestory windows provide light and a sense of spaciousness. Energy-efficient appliances were selected for both performance and style. Of note, the sleek, black, G.E. induction cooktop merges seamlessly with the countertop and the slender, extra-tall, Liebherr refrigerator allows for a full height pantry to be tucked in the corner that would not have been possible with a traditional refrigerator. Keeping the finishes simple and in a natural color palette: maple shaker cabinetry, stainless steel backsplashes, UbaTuba granite countertops, and a matte black slate floor, all contribute to the kitchen’s casually-elegant appeal.
Removing the wall between the kitchen and laundry room not only opened the space visually and improved the flow between the areas, but it allowed for the creation of a new prep and storage area and the conversion of the half bath to a pantry.
The homeowners loved the rustic, hand-crafted cabinets featured in NAPA STYLE stores. After many attempts, we were able to find the aged oak wood, originally tobacco-barn siding, at a company in the Midwest. We designed the cabinetry and built them on site. Their rustic feel is juxtaposed to the smooth, honed, concrete countertops and the shimmer of the mosaic marble backsplash. Tumbled travertine floors provide a calming neutral background.