Time Honored: Kitchen Remodel Retains Its Historic Routes

Designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas, along with a team of professionals from Jackson Design and Remodeling, conducted extensive research so that every element of this remodeled Mission Hills kitchen would align with the home's original character. After all, this isn't just any home. Famed architect William Templeton Johnson designed this residence in the early 1900s for his family. It is listed in the San Diego Historical Registry of Homes.

"Every detail meets the requirements of the Mills Act for remodeling historical homes," says Machado-Rosas. "The newly designed kitchen almost doubled in size, meeting the desire of the client (who wishes to remain anonymous) for more space and creating a grand room better suited to the home's stature."

The challenge was to include the latest technology and cooking amenities - such as the separate 36-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer units, the 48-inch Wolf range, a built-in microwave, two dishwashers, a warming drawer and trash compactor - while retaining a 100-year-old historic Spanish Revival style.

"These appliances complemented the timeless look," says Machado- Rosas. "The refrigerator and freezer anchor the built-in cabinetry retains its historic roots in a symmetrical way on the kitchen's south wall. On the opposite wall the range creates a focal point and its red knobs complement the color accessories and add warmth to our kitchen design."

Rustic travertine flooring, deep traditional-style cherry-wood cabinetry with a black-glaze finish and two large islands that provide extra storage are part of the seemingly endless details in this kitchen. Chandeliers relocated from the house library hang below ornately designed wooden ceiling soffits.

"Instead of having just a flat ceiling we wanted to bring some character and depth to the ceiling," says Machado-Rosas. "Due to the proximity of the kitchen to the formal dining room, we designed this coffered ceiling to mimic the one in the dining room, but in a simplified version. The finishes were selected to replicate the existing wood finish on the different built-ins and moldings around the mansion. The chandeliers above the islands are very special because they gave us the final touch needed to integrate the new kitchen to the rest of the house."

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