The primary goal of this open style kitchen renovation project was to combine four existing rooms into one great room focused around a chef’s kitchen. The owner’s were also planning to work in the kitchen with a renowned local chef to write a Spanish Tapas cookbook.
Crisp vertical and horizontal planes were a “design must.” Simple yet tightly integrated wood, stainless steel and stone finishes were part of the owner’s and the chef’s aesthetic goals. Above all, the owners required a truly professional and smartly designed kitchen for the intense use expected in the near future.
A structural challenge early in the project was to install a 25’ long w10 x 45 steel header across the back of the house. This beam, weighing over 1,100 lbs., enabled us to achieve the great room objective with no center column. This left the space open for an unobstructed view through the large picture window in the back wall (see below).
Venting the island hood with an exterior motor was challenging. It needed to be perfectly centered and coordinated with the surrounding lights and the final island layout.
The project’s success and the customer’s satisfaction were established in some measure when the owner was approached by a prominent local publication to write a story about his experiences from initial concept, through design and construction to the final, beautiful outcome (click image below for complete article).
October 30, 2014