Alameda Tudor: Gourmet Kitchen, Baths & Mudroom
“We were thrilled with the work Lane Cooper and his team did on our house. Everything from the design stage, construction to all the finishing touches. We were also highly impressed with the contractors they brought it. Friendly, detailed, high quality. They are great communicators, bringing us along at every step. We are looking to work with them again for our outdoor space. Can’t wait!” — Homeowners Eli & Erica
Rich, classic finishes highlight a thoughtful, modern layout, reimagining a stately Tudor’s outdated spaces while harmonizing with its elegant character. Opening up several walls transformed the kitchen into a warm, generous space for the family to gather in while the baths were expanded and refreshed in a crisp, timeless style.
Radically improving the outmoded floor plan gave this remodel huge momentum. The original kitchen was divided into two rooms that made the layout dark, dysfunctional, and claustrophobic. The separating walls were removed to create a bright, open, flexible kitchen with a small island and copious storage. The original bay window of the breakfast room was thoughtfully incorporated into the new design with the addition of a built-in banquette beneath it and then bumped out to widen the kitchen footprint. The small study connecting the kitchen to the backyard had its connection improved by removing half of the wall to allow for a direct sightline from the kitchen to the outside.
An unused secondary staircase was removed from the side of the house allowing the upstairs bathroom to be greatly enlarged and a main floor mudroom with built-in cubbies and a bench seat to be created. Extra storage space was also achieved in the upstairs hallway and a kitchen pantry was carved out by this informed design idea.
This handsome Alameda Tudor was built in 1929 with craftsmanship that has stood the test of time. Honoring the home’s original rich, dark woods and textures was a key element of the design. All of the new mahogany cabinetry and trim was designed and stained to match the existing woodwork, an aesthetic we feel honors the integrity of the home and was beautifully executed by our finish carpenters.
A neutral palette allows the warmth of the custom natural mahogany cabinets to fill the expanded kitchen. Light reflects off Carrara marble backsplash providing a bold contrast with the dramatic Black Pearl granite countertops. The cabinetry is filled with smart features and flexible storage including a large, lighted appliance garage that makes hiding everyday machines easy. A Blue Star professional gas range elevates cooking to a gourmet level along with a full suite of high-end appliances.
The baths are intentionally bright, clean, simple, and timeless. A custom double vanity with generous storage and crisp white quartz countertops balance the custom double hinged glass bath/shower enclosure with porcelain tile and a lovely mosaic glass tile inset. The compact yet elegant powder bath is elevated by sparkling chrome fixtures and a smart layout.
The finishes selected were in keeping with the home’s history and value, chosen to be beautiful, durable, and timeless. Creating practical, usable square footage in unanticipated ways made the value of removing walls and stairs completely worthwhile: a bathroom that three teenagers can comfortably share? an organized mudroom for sports gear, backpacks, umbrellas, and 10 pairs of shoes?
So many features are just as important as the new gourmet kitchen — we were proud to redesign the home’s ancillary spaces to make this a major home remodel that placed value in functionality as much as aesthetics.