Lou and Lynette often entertain friends in their home, and Lou does most of the cooking. Although the room is small, they wanted their new kitchen to be a comfortable work space. They have large pots and pans, lots of utensils and appliances, and a need for spice storage, so every bit of space had to be functional. We solved some of the space problems by incorporating corner cabinet pullouts and pullouts over the refrigerator.
I intended for this kitchen to feel friendly, modern, and efficient, so I kept the decorative details understated. When Lou and Lynette added their touches, such as the 'flying saucer' ceiling light and their art, their kitchen became a clear statement about their lifestyle.
Nautical Style Kitchen
This Los Osos couple wanted their remodel to reflect their extensive nautical experience. But they preferred the modern look of a luxury yacht as opposed to the standard prosaic nautical themes. We achieved this look with radiused corners, efficient built-ins and open shelving where appropriate.
By the time Cindi asked me to design and build a kitchen for her, she had already done her homework. She had consulted an excellent carpenter who advised her on enlarging the room. I relocated her refrigerator to an alcove which was being constructed. This opened up more than three feet of counter.
Further reworking of the alcove yielded space for a nice pullout pantry. She selected Shaker style doors, and I added the square grids with contrasting finish, which created an Arts and Crafts feel.