An Elegant Kitchen with Rustic Charm
A couple who have lived in their home for over 20 years wanted to renovate their small kitchen to have a more open, elegant look. The original kitchen was very cramped in that it was a narrow galley-style kitchen with a low 8’ ceiling. Unfortunately, the walls could not be moved, limiting the space the kitchen could be expanded. The client also wanted to incorporate rustic wooden beams overhead; however, simply placing the large beams would have compartmentalized the kitchen further due to the already low ceiling. Altera was tasked with the challenge of designing a more open kitchen in a restricted space, adding the wooden beams without confining the kitchen, and integrating a classy look with rustic elements.
DESIGN FEATURES AND SOLUTIONS:
Increased the height of the ceiling by 27” to create more room. Due to the limitation of the wall expansion, raising the ceiling by more than 2 feet opened up the kitchen, giving the client the spaciousness she desired. Two soffits were constructed on both ends of the kitchen to support a roof gable that ran in the opposite direction. Raising the ceiling also allowed for taller cabinets with classic molding to be installed, delivering an elegant look to the kitchen that the client sought.
Secured reclaimed wooden beams onto the ceiling. Reducing the thickness of the wood to 2½” (instead of its usual 4”-6”) allowed for the addition of the beams, as requested, without confining the kitchen’s space. The beams were placed in a simple grid pattern to not only correspond with the hood’s location, but to also balance a clean look with the kitchen’s classy design.
Intermingled an elegant style with rustic charm. Handmade artisan touches, like the leaded glass in the cabinets, the hand-painted range tiles used for the backsplash, and the cabinetry appliance panels, along with high-quality Wolf appliances, impart a polished look throughout the kitchen. A warm, grey palette used on the tiles and countertops, combined with the wooden beams and hardwood floors, create an earthy atmosphere as balance. The hardwood floors were stained a darker tone to match the wooden beams above, tying the whole kitchen together.
Used innovative cabinet designs to increase storage space. Due to the restrictive width of the kitchen, extra cabinets could not be added. Cabinet space was re-engineered to increase storage capacity by adding lazy susans, pull-out drawers, and tray dividers.
Designer: Leslie Kalish. LMK Interiors, Lafayette, CA
Co-Designer: Jennifer Hobson. Altera Design Kitchen & Bath, Inc., Walnut Creek, CA