Alameda Craftsman – Gourmet Kitchen & Baths

“Our home is everything we wanted it to be: an efficient space and flow combined with a design we love. It’s where life happens, from cooking meals to first steps. Your skill and thoughtfulness have made our home truly special.” – Homeowners Anna & Jeff

A once stately and unique prairie-style Craftsman, this Alameda home had fallen into disrepair over the years. Fortunately, our homeowners were able to look beyond its decayed facade and outdated mechanicals to see its hidden character and strong bones! This was a home with rife with remodeling projects, however, there are always two places in a neglected home that should be an immediate focus: renovating the kitchen and baths.

With the existing kitchen dating from the 1930’s, starting from scratch was the best option to create a custom, charming kitchen that honors the original era and character of the home. Working within its original galley-style footprint, we designed and built a beautiful kitchen featuring smart, efficient task areas to break up the linear space allowing for multiple cooks (and kids) to work in the kitchen without tripping over each other. The ideal triangular layout of a kitchen is achieved despite designing with fairly tight structural confines and three separate entrances into the space. A neutral, fresh white and soft gray palette expands the sense of openness in the kitchen and glass inset upper cabinetry displays all their fun, colorful Fiestaware. Grounded by rich, low-maintenance charcoal-hued quartz countertops, this kitchen is loaded with storage solutions in every nook and cranny and is a happy space to cook every family meal!

The philosophy of keeping things simple and clean extends to both the main bathroom upstairs as well as the stairway powder bath. Crisp white and warm gray are enlivened with pops of color; the aqua penny tile is both a soothing and fun feature. The space maintained many of its original features but was redesigned to create a bathroom comfortably shared by four people with built-in storage and profuse sunlight that out unobstructed by the glass panel enclosing the bath/shower. The small powder bath received classic hexagonal Cararra marble tile and stately, linear fixtures to provide an elegant space for guests.