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Breaking It Down

Breaking It Down

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    Before: This kitchen in a mid-century home in San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood was cramped, dark, and gloomy...even in the middle of the day.

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    After: Light modern finishes, new appliances, and abundant natural light have made this kitchen bright and welcoming.

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    Before: Dated cabinets and appliances and cumbersome circulation kept the original kitchen stuck many decades in the past.

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    After: Taking down walls and replacing interior walls with translucent glass allows the new kitchen to be filled with light.

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    A new built-in office area with a translucent wall behind the desk allows for even more light to enter the space.

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    A new large island adds extra counter space but also maintains the kitchen’s open feel.

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    The stairwell's solid walls were either cut in half or replaced with glass which allows light to penetrate all the way to rear of the home.

Priorities

  • Bring in more natural light; update the kitchen’s design; create a more open floor plan

Solutions

To update this stuffy, dark kitchen in a midcentury home in San Francisco’s Sea Cliff neighborhood, designer Jonathan Feldman and Lisa Lougee literally broke down barriers. Walls and entire rooms were eliminated to bring the feeling of the nearby Pacific Ocean as far into the interior as possible. A heavy wall enclosing a staircase between the kitchen and the front hallway was replaced with a translucent glass panel, flooding the kitchen with natural light.

Feldman and Lougee expanded the kitchen, losing a bedroom and full bath in the process, but gaining a breakfast nook and a built-in desk. Frosted glass behind the desk allows light to filter through. Lighter finishes and modern appliances help bring contemporary panache to the new, open-plan kitchen while still respecting the home’s midcentury heritage.

Judges’ comments

“It takes the transition from dark and dated to light and airy to a whole new level.” —Mark A. Newman, senior editor, REMODELING.


Spec List

Countertops: Caeserstone

Dishwasher: Bosch

Kitchen plumbing fittings: Franke

Lighting fixtures: Ameico; Lampa

Microwave: Dacor

Oven: Bluestar

Paints/stains: ICI Paints

Windows: SF Windows & Doors