We took a large kitchen that could be overwhelming and transformed the space to create a sense of intimacy by using earthy materials like the wood beams on the ceiling and wooden cabinetry and mixes of natural stones.
The other challenge is the request from the client to have a contemporary approach to the design but making sure that it is still warm and inviting for their use.
-Contrasting materials like the heavy blackened steel and granite were used with soft, natural materials to create a balance between serenity and masculinity. What is unique is the play of mix of materials in a variety of finishes from natural sandblasted granite to a honed limestone combine with a solid surface material Caesar Stone. The cabinets (cabinet maker-Mueller Nichols) has two different wood combination from a lighter vertical Eucalyptus and darker vertical Walnut (running horizontal on the cabinets) But the look is subtle since the mix is still overall earthy, natural and tone on tone change.
The old beams in the ceiling were used. It was painted over the years so we stripped it down to the natural material and added cross beams to create the grid patterns. Rustic cross beams combine with beautiful phoenician plaster on the ceilings. Built in speakers that can be troweled over with plastering so the speakers are totally hidden in the ceilings.
Multi level islands to serve multiple activities from cleaning, prepping, chopping and eating. Butcher block lower level for easy chopping and cantilivered to create a more dynamic and sculptural quality. ce the clients really cook in this kitchen that the list of appliances for extraordinary. Pizza oven, built in coffee maker, steamer, double convection ovens, 6 burner pro style cooktop, 48 inch refrigerator, 2 refrigerator drawers, 2 dishwashers, wine refrigerators etc...
Contrasting materials like the heavy dark steel and granite were used with soft, natural materials to create a balance between serenity and masculinity. The seamless windows highlight and connect the indoor and outdoor living spaces. The clients are gourmet cooks that enjoy entertaining and cooking so many types of cooking equipments like a six burner cook top with grill, a brick oven and a speed oven as well as a pantry that is connected to the kitchen were used. There are also two islands in the kitchen which serves different functions. One is used mainly for prepping and cleaning while the other is used as a serving area and a place to gather. A cigar-box-style cabinet in walnut sets off the granite countertop on the island, and a tongue-and-groove finish shows craftsmanship. "We layered materials, textures and colors to create a space that was natural and inviting, yet in keeping with the modern style of the rest of the house," says the designer. Using different kinds of wood and stains brings a sense of intimacy to this large walk-in pantry. Credit List Architect : James Rogers, James Rogers Architecture Interior designer : Vernon Applegate, Applegate Tran Interiors (San Francisco, CA) Kitchen designer : Gioi Tran, Applegate Tran Interiors Kitchen manufacturer : Mueller Nicholls Inc Cabinets : Eucalyptus; walnut Countertops : Granite; limestone Flooring : Ann Sacks limestone tiles Chairs : Custom Wallcoverings : Plaster; steel; wood Lighting : Soleil; Policelli Lighting & Design Backsplash : Limestone Basin : Blanco Dishwasher and oven : Miele Ventilation : Custom Vent-A-Hood Refrigeration : Sub-Zero Story by Lydia Brewer Photography by David Livingston
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Every inch of space in the kitchen is integrated with each other which leaves no room for error and presents a flawless design execution. Cabinets Manufacturer:Mueller Nicholls