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Kitchen Remodel, Alameda, in association with Lorin Hill, Architect

Alameda is home to many fine Victorian and Craftsmen style homes. This home is an unusual blend of both styles, and was beautifully preserved--except for the kitchen, which had been remodeled in the past, around a series of awkward additions.

The design challenge presented by the clients was to re-integrate the kitchen into the house, in the style of the home, yet as functional and practical as possible for modern use.

The solution took advantage of opening up all the space which was previously occupied by the old kitchen and the halls and closets of the old additions. The net result was a very large space with room enough for an Breakfast Area and a separate Pantry.

The style of the cabinets and countertops relate to the Craftsman style of the home, while the wood trim and lighting tie into the Victorian styling. The open space, ample countertops and cabinets, and separate Pantry make for a functional kitchen rendered in a vintage palette.

The striking custom-made copper island hood anchors the end of the kitchen and helps create just enough visual separation to allow the Breakfast Area to be a distinct space.

Location:Alameda, CA
General Contractor:Altmann & Associates, Berkeley
Architectural Design
Lorin Hill, Architect &
Alex Chiappetta Architecture