For this Moraga, Calif., project, designer Yuko Matsumoto designs a high-end kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances, marble countertops and streamlined white cabinetry.
Yuko shares with us the biggest obstacle of the remodel, lessons learned and how the homeowner found the final finishing touch.
They wanted new windows to look out at their beautiful side yard full of trees and a functional layout with more counter space.
We both realized and agreed that the single largest issue was the tall oven cabinet in the center of the back wall. This was the wall where they wanted the new windows.
The house already had the maximum square footage of exterior window space structurally allowed. Adding two more windows would weaken the structure of the house, so we had to work with a structural engineer to reinforce the framing.
The end result exceeded my original vision. Part of the credit goes to my client for finding the fantastic pendant lights that added the final touch.
My client wanted a honed-marble countertop on the island. She loves the patina of the marble because she is from Europe and used to it. I disagreed because I was worried about stains and maintenance. Now, I think the marble gives her kitchen a unique personality, and I'm glad she did not listen to me. I learned practicality is not everything.
The tambour doors were white originally but we changed them to aluminum. This gave the kitchen a cooler, sleek modern look.
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