Kensington Kitchen Gets Fresh Look

By Tatiana Machado-Rosas, Special to the U-T, Posted 5:53 p.m. January 29, 2015

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. Jackson Design and Remodeling

As the new year gets under way, many San Diegans are inspired to refresh their homes and finally begin planning that long-overdue remodeling project. Kitchens are at the top of the list for many homeowners with open, inviting spaces that suit entertaining, one of the big, continuing trends for 2015.

With a historical home that's more than 90 years old, our clients were more than ready for a kitchen remodel. They desperately needed a more practical kitchen with improved functionality and plenty of space for family gatherings.

Our design team created a plan to significantly transform the kitchen, while still maintaining the character of the home. We began the transformation by removing two walls to create an expansive space encompassing the kitchen and dining areas. To retain the historical feel of the home, the existing oak wood floor in the dining area was duplicated and continued into the kitchen for visual continuity.

White cabinetry throughout the new kitchen provides a plethora of organized storage options and conceals all the major appliances for a clean, uncluttered appearance. A panel inset on the peninsula unifies it with the home's existing wainscoting, making the peninsula seem as if it has always been in the home.

New windows looking out on the historic neighborhood considerably brightened the sink area, framed by the bold accent of a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and meticulous crown molding emphasizing the home's history.

Cedar Kitchen Island

The sink area has a black-and-white-patterned backsplash and crown molding. - Jackson Design and Remodeling

We wanted the new space to have a central focal point, so we chose a stunning custom-built stainless-steel black hood to place above the large, white peninsula. A niche above the peninsula provides functional storage of cooking essentials and a decorative note of visual interest. The black-and-white theme is repeated throughout the room, particularly in the concrete backsplash.

The dining room comfortably seats several guests, who can easily interact with other guests and their hosts in the kitchen. The design fuses classic, vintage-inspired elements with the modernity of the black-and-white color theme and clean lines.

Cedar Kitchen Island

Two walls were removed to create an expansive space combining the kitchen and dining areas. - Jackson Design and Remodeling

Natural light and circulation now infuse the area with a bright sense of energy. The classic design blends hints of European charm with a modern sensibility and retains its sense of place in historic surroundings.

The large open floor plan now connects the kitchen with the dining area seamlessly, making the new space warm, inviting and the perfect place for entertaining year-round.

Tatiana Machado-Rosas is a designer with Jackson Design and Remodeling. She can be reached at (619) 442-6125,,

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