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San Diego Kitchen Remodeling
Remove walls, then mix in storage,
new appliances and a splash of color
What a difference a wall makes especially when it disappears.
Two of the remodeled kitchens on next Saturdays tour sponsored by the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) were transformed when a wall was demolished. In both cases, the kitchens were opened to adjacent living spaces to create stylish and functional areas for entertaining.
With the exception
of the eliminated walls, the two kitchens couldnt be more
The annual tour
will showcase a total of eight kitchens located around the county
Here are tales of the two reconfigured kitchens.
When a Minnesota
couple decided to redo their Del Mar getaway home before
and a clunky curved wall on the first floor cut off the dining
The couple, Neal
and Heike Maglaque, wanted a more open, clean California look,
in contrast to the cozy feel of their traditional Midwest
They settled on
a soft contemporary style when Wagoner showed them the DeWils Horizons
line of cabinets with a distinctive horizontally striped en-
Wagoner, who earned
a degree in architecture in her native Argentina before moving to California
five years ago, was also asked to add storage in the
She began by removing the columns and nonload-bearing wall and then relocated the kitchen to the former living room, which was enlarged by pushing out one of its exterior walls to align with the dining room.
The structural changes
transformed the ground floor into a fluid light filled open
A stainless steel
Vent-A- Hood above a Wolfe range became a focal point of the new kitchens
cooking work triangle that includes a new Sub-Ze-
Top cabinets that flank the range hood have frosted glass doors framed by matte
aluminum that flip up to open via an Aventos Blumotion lift system. The slightest green tinge in the glass echoes the sage green of the sea foam granite counter-tops.
The colors add softness and warmth, said Wagoner, who picked a pale gray color for the kitchen and dining room walls. The wood on the cabinets and the limestone on the floor and backsplash bring in natural materials that also add warmth.
To balance the high ceiling in the room, Wagoner relied on the horizontal lines of the cabinet veneer and stainless steel pulls. A mosaic of glass, stoned hand-glazed tiles runs like stiff ribbons through the backsplash.
Their different widths add in- terest and contrast, Wagoner says. It breaks things up, she adds.
The new kitchen
island includes a wine refrigerator at a far edge so it wouldnt
interfere with the cook when guests come into the kitchen when the
Lighting above the
island is handblown Leucos fixtures of folded white glass.
They were picked to complement a colorful Archimede glass chandelier
The makeover, which also includes the family room, took nine months. Much of the decision-making was done via long distance calls and e-mail to the family in Minnesota. The result is beautiful and functional, the designer says.
Judges of the COTY
(Contractor of the Year) awards for the San Diego chapter of the
Before one wall was dismantled in Karen and Jerry Flynns Peñasquitos home, the kitchen and family room were two shoe-box-shaped spaces. The wall that divided those rooms even blotted out some of the Flynns expansive westerly views past their patio and orchard to colorful sunsets beyond.
Everything was cramped and whoever was in the kitchen was cut off from the rest of the house, said designer Anjum Razvi of Razvi Design Studio, who has worked with the couple on the redo of the kitchen and other rooms in the four bedroom home.
When the wall came down, it was a completely different space.
Because the Flynns enjoy casual entertaining, Razvi reconfigured the new open room to include an island, a breakfast nook, much needed storage and comfortable seating in the bright citrus colors Karen Flynn loves.
To help the homeowners stay on budget, Razvi turned over much of the legwork to them, sending them off to her favorite resources for tile, granite, lighting and cabinets. Then the trio would meet to evaluate and firm up choices.
This is a
great way for designers and clients to work together, Razvi says.
Razvis input is evident in the choice of granite for the countertops. Jerry and Karen came back with lots of neutrals because they were concerned that they would tire of a color. But I felt they needed color. We ended up with the dark green of Verde San Francisco.
Razvi also worked with them on little splurges, like the backsplash of limestone tile set in a pinwheel pattern and dotted with glass tile inserts that echoed the green granite. The porcelain flooring also got a design boost with the addition of green granite diamond inserts.
Centered in the
new island is a GE Profile black-glass cook- top that puts the cook front
and center when the Flynns entertain. A warming drawer and a
New seating invites family and friends into the expanded space. A quartet of bar stools in wrought iron with Ultrasuede seats faces the island. A mosaic topped wrought-iron table and chairs are nestled in a corner next to windows that welcome sunshine.
Opposite them in the family room are three chairs that swivel to take in the outdoors or conversations. With Razvis guidance the chairs were purchased in a low-end fabric and then recovered in custom Kravet fabrics in shades of tangerine and yellow.
They are a fun-loving couple and love colors like these, Razvi said.
The same hues are found in the pendant lights over the breakfast nook and art glass on display in the picture window above the sink. Like the pendants, the chandelier above the island was placed so it wouldnt block views to the patio and beyond.
The same traditional
style spiced with contemporary accents has been extended into
The Flynns have lived here for a long time, Razvi said. They told me they hardly ever used the living room, but I think were going to change that.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
- Sunday, March 16, 2008