The original kitchen was located under the mezzanine home-office in the corner of the family/kitchen space under a lowered ceiling. The family room was in the double volume area with a huge curved fireplace (now the location of the refrigerator). After learning the lifestyle preferences of our client, we proposed switching the locations of these areas for a more functional kitchen and cozy family room.
We redesigned doors and windows to the deck area off the kitchen utilizing the frameless door/window system so standard frames do not impede the ocean views. The sink is centered in the new windows to optimize the view from the most utilized spot of the kitchen. With the additional ceiling height falling into the kitchen zone, we were able to stack cabinets above our pantries and refrigerators for additional seasonal storage.
The family room and kitchen areas are divided with an angled peninsula, which offers seating at a higher counter level and services a beverage center. Under cabinet refrigerator drawers are provided at the island prep area and a portion of the island raised to obscure the view of food prep when entering the area and to provide a convenient height for the charging station.
A slim understated stainless-steel hood gives the backsplash treatment design prominence. After considering several tile and mosaic options, we selected a custom backsplash in glass tile with shapes and colors reminiscent of the waves of the Pacific Ocean. With the deck expanded, the outdoor entertainment area houses a dining table for six as well as several counter stools at the pass-through bar. What better way to utilize our sunny Southern California weather?