Remodel creates entertaining kitchen
By Rosella Gonzalez . Special to the U-T
A young professional couple with demanding careers and busy social lives wanted to create a dream kitchen in their Carmel Valley home as a respite from their hectic schedules.
They love to cook and they entertain frequently, so they needed more open space and functionality. They also wanted their kitchen to have a more natural connection with their large backyard and patio.
Our team implemented structural changes to create more visual harmony with the outdoors and with the living and dining areas of the home. We also added a significant amount of light to the kitchen. Colors and materials were selected to echo the lush greenery outdoors. A carefully planned layout encompasses space for all the appliances expected in a modern kitchen, along with a home for the couple's large collection of cookbooks and efficient areas for prep and cooking.
An oversized island in the new kitchen provides a luxurious amount of space for preparing and serving meals. The Vitoria Regia countertop boasts a bright green tone balanced with grays and yellows. Experimenting with vibrant color was essential to our clients' concept of their dream kitchen. A built-in 48-inch cooktop on the island allows for cooking without looking at a wall. The homeowners can prep and cook a meal while interacting with each other or guests. Handblown glass fixtures, custom made for our clients by local artist Lea de Wit, illuminate the room with a warm glow. The kitchen has two sinks, including an apron-front stainless-steel sink. The floating shelf above the sink offers a modern space for displaying treasured objects.
The Shaker-influenced cabinetry is built with frameless construction bamboo. We selected oil-rubbed bronze pulls in a horizontal style to keep the design clean and simple. The gleaming tile wall, with six variations of green joined in a cross-reed pattern, was created in glass tile made by a local glass tile company (Oceanside Glass Tile). The wall was built with concave and converse tiles, resulting in a wavelike effect that captures and reflects light differently throughout the day.
Our clients now have the dream kitchen they desired as a beautiful and relaxing respite from their busy lives. They love coming home to the kitchen's feeling of natural oasis and renewal and sharing that spirit with their friends and family.