December 20, 2010
What was a typical 1950s ranch-style home in Santa Barbara, CA, is now a faint memory after an extensive remodel that provided soaring ceilings, a new laundry space, an extra bath and a spacious kitchen chock-full of environmentally friendly touches. With the homeowner’s nephew acting as general contractor, the residence received an overhaul that suits a contemporary lifestyle, but is designed to remain relevant for decades to come.
A prolific entertainer and cook, the homeowner desired a kitchen that could accommodate his needs and for that, he turned to Ronni Fryman, of Kitchen Places in Ventura, CA. In response, she created a solution that included plenty of cabinets to ensure ample storage, a suite of pro-style appliances that perform as well as they look and, for parties, a wet bar to keep guests sufficiently hydrated.
Where possible, Fryman specified eco-friendly products. The cabinets, for example, are made of SFI-certified wood and have sapele wood veneers, while the countertops are comprised of both post-consumer and post-industrial recycled material, as well as an earth-friendly resin derived from corn oil.
In addition to sourcing sustainable products for the kitchen, the home features skylights and glass paneled doors for natural light, solar panels and a tankless water heater.
Kitchen Designer: Ronni Fryman—Kitchen Places, Ventura, CA Builder: Mark Havens, Architectural Designer/Contractor Manufacturers: Cabinets: Pacific Crest Industries; Hardware: Dekkor; Countertops: ECO by Cosentino; Cooking appliances, refrigerator and freezer and dishwasher:
Water heater: Takagi USA;
Paint: Dunn-Edwards; Lighting: Cree
Photography: Steven Schafer