Fit for a Crowd
This house in Carmel Valley, Calif., is home to a couple with three teenagers, a busy schedule and a love of entertaining. Designer Tatiana Machado-Rosas of San Diego-based Jackson Design and Remodeling worked to give them the elegant, classic and yet welcoming kitchen they envisioned.
The existing kitchen was in an unusually small scale given the size of the home. Appliances were outdated, storage and counter space were limited, and the space lacked any sense of personality.
The coffered ceiling brings architectural interest and human scale to the new space, and a mix of light and dark cabinetry balances the large room.
The island area includes a bar-height countertop overlaid on a lower countertop for prepping, thereby creating distinctive areas while also welcoming guests to socialize with the cook.
So as not to overshadow the range and the hood, the center backsplash is a subtle mocha color imprinted on marble.
A pull-out microwave drawer offers convenience for a household with three teenagers and a schedule that includes frequent entertaining with large meals.
The nearby wet bar, formerly the breakfast area, is connected to the kitchen through archways that echo the home’s Spanish influences.