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- Before and After
This black and white kitchen wasn't just dark and dull, it lacked good flow with the peninsula blocking off traffic and ocean views!
We removed the peninsula and expanded the too-small island to create open access to the family room and make the most of beautiful San Clemente views.
With the kitchen divided into cooking and clean-up zones, traffic is directed away from the cook's path so she can comfortably cook without guests or family underfoot. And the eleven foot island gives her plenty of counter space where she needs it most!
This kitchen was small, dark, cramped and separate from the living space; the thirty-year-old pine cabinets were falling apart.
Though still small, the kitchen feels spacious with the wall removed and a new window added. Open flow feels like a Great Room and the cook is connected to family in the dining and living rooms.
New L-shaped layout with island allows room for two sinks and plenty of counter. Even a 48" range. End of island has seating for two.
Bad lighting makes everything worse. The cooktop on the island is inconvenient, dangerous and can't be properly vented. The constricted flow makes cooking more difficult and time-consuming.
The old chopped up island and separate peninsula have been repositioned as a longer, curving island. This opens up access to the entire space. With the cooktop relocated to an outer wall, the island becomes more useful by offering a central sink and plenty of prep area.
Sand-colored cabinets and Azul Del Mar granite bring the beach outside into the living space. The rangetop, wall ovens and pull-out pantry are in easy proximity to the generous island. The custom hood enclosure is a unique feature.
This kitchen was so small it couldn't fit a full-size dishwasher. When the stove was open, there was no room to stand at the sink.
Kitchen is now open to new dining/living space. Three stools at the new island are perfect for Sunday morning pancakes. The antique Parisian lights and custom wood onlays evoke elegance while still being livable.
We reversed the kitchen and dining room spaces so that we could expand the kitchen footprint. Now there is an island with a prep sink, a 44-inch range, 48-inch fridge, a clean-up sink with lots of counter, and TWO dishwashers, allowing several people to work at the same time.