The Space: A long time InHouse Client returned to us for assistance with updating and opening up her kitchen in a multi-family building in the Russian Hill neighborhood of San Francisco. The kitchen was of recent vintage with all white cabinets and white marble countertops and backsplash. Unfortunately, it was composed of several small rooms which had been indelicately combined years ago. The original plumbing had never been moved and was still housed in one remaining inconveniently located wall which created a visual and practical obstruction. Even the ceiling height varied in different parts of the room.
The Need: The client had lived in the space for several years and had some very specific ideas how she wanted to change it and we thought her vision made a lot of sense. Her taste leaned towards a transitional look and she envisioned an updated version of her existing white kitchen with ample perimeter storage and a new center island replacing the formerly obstructive wall. Many of the appliances were to be reused since they were rather new but a wine fridge was to be added as well as a new cooktop. She wanted InHouse to execute her vision and fine tune the concept as necessary.
The Solution: Instead of white cabinets, InHouse convinced the client that a caramel stained rift oak kitchen would be warmer, more unique and inviting. Additionally, the warm caramel tones complemented the furnishings in the rest of her home. The plumbing obstacle was removed and the room opened up as requested. The ceiling was lowered a couple of inches to accommodate structural elements and to give a uniform look to the new space. A green granite and caramel colored glass tile backsplash dramatically offset the oak cabinetry. Ample perimeter cabinetry provides excellent storage and a new central island with a wine fridge allows for a more logical flow in this wonderful space.