Kitchen Becomes Fresh and Functional

by Autumn McGarr


Part of an intensive whole-home remodel, this Sacramento, CA kitchen desperately needed a style update, as well as improved workflow and workstations for family-oriented cooking and baking. The scope of work was fairly extensive, necessitating demo of old cabinetry, countertops, drywall and more. Additionally, the upstairs master bathroom was located directly above the cite of the future range top and hood, so the bath plumbing had to be concealed behind a hood soffit structure. Another difficulty manifested in the height of the new paneled refrigerator when compared to the ceiling height; in order to make up the one-foot gap, a custom panel on a piano hinge was necessary.


The result of designer Nar Bustamente’s reimagining of the space features distinct work zones with professional-grade appliances and a Galley Workstation – all ingredients for a hard-working, highly functional kitchen. The custom refrigerator paneling delivers the ‘armoire’ feel the clients craved, while an added beverage refrigerator in the bar area provides even more storage for entertaining. Tall, 9″-deep hickory cabinetry provides plenty of storage. Design elements such as a furniture- style end cap with stone-inlaid open shelving, a waterfall island countertop that echoes the material of the herringbone range backsplash and a combination of matte black and brass hardware combine to create a fresh, clean feel.

After photos: PhotographerLink / Fred Donham

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