Zoning a Kitchen
The homeowners of this Carmichael, Calif. house wanted a kitchen that would accomplish many goals, including emphasizing the view of the backyard, having lots of storage and room for multiple cooks and becoming an ideal place for entertaining.
The ceiling was raised above the island, and wooden beams were added to match the existing beams in the living room. Designer Chris Dreith of Woodland, Calif.-based The Home Improvement Group used the architectural elements in the ceiling to delineate the layout of the kitchen.
The dining area is in reach of a warming drawer, a microwave and an under-counter beverage center for drinks – perfect for when grandchildren come to visit.
“The black tile backsplash makes the homeowner smile each time light reflects the embedded ‘diamonds,’” said Dreith, referring to the pieces of glass in the backsplash.
The white quartz countertop adds brightness to the kitchen and connects all of the different heights and cabinet materials.
An existing fireplace was kept in the same location but wrapped with walnut cabinets to allow more storage, hold a place for a small TV and create a cozy feel near the table. The easy-to-clean stone hearth is also the perfect place for the dog’s bowl.