Home Renovation – Victorian
The new owners of this San Francisco Victorian wanted a home renovation where three existing rooms, the kitchen, butler’s pantry and breakfast rooms would be combined into a space for both cooking and casual entertaining. Typical of Victorian construction, these rooms were sequestered to the back of the residence and separate from the other public rooms in the home.
Walls between these three rooms were removed creating a larger space that better reflects the clients’ more informal and casual lifestyle. The cabinet design was updated to a contemporary, flat panel door of walnut with a rich shale finish. A peninsula with seating replaced the wall between the butler’s pantry and the kitchen. A wall cabinet with glass inserts and LED lighting displays the couple’s stemware collection. Placed next to the formal dining room’s door, the stemware cabinet is convenient for both formal and informal events.
An open cooking area was created to spotlight the existing La Cornue range with the addition of a generous counter for food preparation. An expansive, counter-to-ceiling backsplash of glass tiles from Ann Saks beautifully accents this focal wall. Countertops throughout the kitchen are classic ‘Carrera’ marble with a quirk miter edge. An expresso bar was added and equipped with a built-in Miele coffee system.
Boxed windows were used to artfully display the clients’ colorful glass collection with the added benefit of providing more natural light. A white lattice fence was built as a backdrop for privacy and conceals the urban property line just beyond the windows.
Photos – Frank Gundry Photography