An Open Kitchen Design

The Bernal Heights residence recently underwent major structural repairs, so the owners took the opportunity to create a home more reflective of their lifestyle.   An open kitchen design that connected to the living and dining areas played a large part in their final design decisions.

The kitchen cabinetry is a painted, traditional Shaker-style door. Two custom colors were used; white for wall cabinetry and a grey taken from the countertop for the base cabinetry.  One entire wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is dedicated to organized storage of pantry goods, utility items and a bake center.  The kitchen’s custom cabinetry includes the innovative design of a Le Mans fluid corner unit, a hidden appliance garage, spice rack pull-outs and a variety of custom drawer inserts.

The selection of a Sharp Microwave Drawer was specifically chosen to remove the microwave from the typical wall cabinetry sightlines. The drawer-style unit provides a convenient location just below the counter level and accessible from above.  A Thermador dual fuel Grand range with six burners sits under the Zephyr Tempest I, a streamlined, under cabinet professional hood.

The traditional Shaker-style door is repeated in the dining room hutch, however, the wood species is rift-cut white oak with a deep soy finish.  The furniture-grade, custom cabinetry stores more than china, silverware and stemware.  Hidden behind a door panel, a U-Line beverage center is housed within the hutch and is conveniently located next to the dining table.   Built-in wine racks are flanked on each side of the hutch.

The countertops and backsplash are Neolith ‘Calacatta’, a compact, sintered porcelain chosen for its great durability and resilence.   The island kitchen design features a full waterfall edge for the countertop.  Fabrication and installation was provided by Fox Marble & Granite of San Francisco.

The entire back wall of the kitchen is an expansive set of three floor-to-ceiling, sliding glass doors.  Automated window shades lower to whatever degree of light or privacy is needed.  Views of the landscaped garden can be easily seen from the kitchen.  Direct and convenient access to the outdoor room allows the owners and their guests to take advantage of one of the city’s best microclimates.

Photography by Mark Ream


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