In this Solana Beach, Calif., kitchen, the clients loved their home for its blonde cedar and mountain cabin feel. However, storage was minimal, appliances were not working, and the layout was awkward.
Designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling came in to bring the couple a kitchen that still had the look they originally loved but the functionality they needed. The layout needed work better – particularly with the awkwardly placed entryway that opened abruptly into the kitchen.
The new layout streamlines the kitchen floorplan so the busy cook can move easily between the working areas and the appliances.
A new entryway distinguishes the kitchen while also integrating the living area visually with the rest of the home. The beam trellis above leads directly to the French doors that open up to the backyard.
The kitchen feels more connected to the outdoor area, which boasts beautiful views of a lush backyard and natural California surroundings.
The island sports a slightly distressed Castle Gray stain from DeWils on cherry and is topped with a warm gray concrete countertop.
“The island needed to have at least four bar stools for the homeowner’s four children,” said Machado-Rosas. “The island also incorporates multiple drawers and cabinets for organization plus a prep sink and trash pullout, making food prep efficient.”
The homeowners wanted a brick floor, but they were deterred by the difficulty in keeping it clean. A floor created from brick-sized porcelain tile with noticeable variations in its color and texture provided an alternative.
A 48-in. Wolf range with two ovens and six burners was chosen to fit a family that cooks and entertains daily. The backsplash on either side of the range has glass tile in muted tones of gray, brown and copper.