Kitchen gets a softer look in redesign - Del Mar Coastal Kitchen Design
After living in their home in Del Mar for 15 years, the homeowners found themselves in an environment that no longer suited their lifestyle. Their children had grown from babies to teenagers, while their parents had aged and were coming to stay for longer visits. After conducting careful research and coming to the conclusion that a remodel made more sense than moving to a new home, our clients started the design/build process for their whole home, including a new kitchen for the 40-year-old home.
The new kitchen is an artful interpretation of California Coastal design, with softer elements inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement. The design was influenced by the clients' desire for a contemporary space that is beautiful, sophisticated and timeless, but unpretentious and well-suited for family life. Subtle yet disciplined lines create a balanced effect with visual appeal.
The unusual island was created with a trapezoid shape rather than with a more traditional bar seating style so that the clients and their children can interact while eating or engaged in homework and cooking. The island is created from a sumptuous piece of granite called "Wasabi" in shades of aqua, which contrast with the sparkling off-white quartz of the island's sink area.
Shaker-style mahogany cabinetry with a light stain sets the tone of simple, contemporary design while providing the clients with an abundance of storage from floor to ceiling, including a new walk-in pantry. As an imaginative alternative to dropped beams or a soffit, a recess with indirect lighting defines the kitchen in the open area while bringing additional light and comfort to the space.
A new wine rack acts as a small wine cellar with a custom-designed door in wrought iron. A series of floating shelves in one corner of the kitchen adds visual interest to the room and allows personality to enter the space with the display of the clients' favorite items.