Danielle Deltorchio of San Francisco, CA-based Lee & Co. Contractors faced several challenges in revamping this “cramped and dreary” kitchen. She explains, “The kitchen resided within a row-style narrow building that posed numerous limitations for both increased lighting and space.” Additionally, Deltorchio had to figure out how to create the contemporary design the clients wanted within the confines of a traditional home, being mindful of the home’s original Edwardian architecture.
Partnering with Andrew Mann Architecture, whose knowledge of spatial relationships and emphasis on light in design helped guide the project, Deltorchio focused on creating a cooking-friendly space that would offer plenty of light, contemporary design elements and high functionality for entertaining. She explains, “The solution came when we decided to remove the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room. This allowed the kitchen to ‘borrow’ natural light from the adjacent room while meeting the space needs of the homeowners.”
The integrity of the original architecture was maintained through custom matching elements in the home, including the oak floors, trim and Edwardian plate rail. Deltorchio notes, “The base of the island was even designed to mimic the wood paneling in the living room, allowing for a more cohesive space.”
Sierra Soapstone Black Marble countertops and Nuevo Living Karl Pendant Lamps in black add contemporary flair, while a stained glass detail adds another eye-catching element in the archway. The layered lighting plan also includes lighting from Halo, Elco and Tech Lighting.
The space features Brilliant Furnishings custom white oak and maple cabinetry, an Elkay single-bowl undermount stainless steel sink with Grohe Concetta dual-spray kitchen faucet in polished chrome and Heath Ceramic Tiles backsplash.