Friday, September 23, 2011

Kitchen Redesign: Coffee, Comfort, Cooking, Color and Canning!

     I recently worked on an A.D.A. kitchen design remodel and thought I would share with you my designs and materials boards. 

My clients are a couple in their 60's originally form Argentina but have lived in California since the late 1960's. They have two grown children and 4 grandchildren. 

Recently one of the clients (husband) hurt himself  doing one of his usual D.I.Y. stints. So he is recovering from injuries in a wheel chair for a few months. 

My clients Mr. & Mrs Losada, have decided that they would like to live in their current house for a while and would like to do some upgrades so that it is easier on them in the future. They live in Floral Park, an historical Santa Ana Neighborhood in California. Their home is a farm house style with a tri level layout. 

Below is a before and after of the floor plan of the kitchen. 

The 5 C's: things they love
Coffee, Comfort, Cooking, Color and Canning! 

Silvia & Mario's Kitchen Requirements List: 
double sink, six burner range w/ hood, 42" refrigerator, double oven, microwave, tv/dvd, menu planning station, dishwasher, pantry, wok burner, island, eating for 4, counter space, 25% display w/glass doors, wine fridge, wine rack. 

Since Silvia wasnt exactly sure what she wanted the kitchen to look like we went looking at fabrics together just to get her mind thinking. The print that stood out to her the most reminded her of the colors in her kitchen as a child in Argentina. This is where we started and this is what I came up with as a design concept. 
I drew the kitchens color palate straight from the fabric (bottom left) from the burnt orange, buttery yellow, clear blue and ruddy red. Their home has a rustic farm feel with modern amenities. There is a canning display shelf, pantry, menu planning desk, a wok. Pretty much everything on their list was included in this kitchen plus more. 

We took old orange package artwork and framed it and put on the walls thoughout the kitchen and dining room. They worked perfectly. And as for the lighting? We hired a local artisan to create a mason jar chandelier to go over the dining room table that seats 8 comfortably, as well as mason jar sconces for decorative wall lighting. 

The kitchen cabinets are an off white color with a slight distressed look to them because we wanted the kitchen to look lived in. The back splashes were a bronzed material but different styles for the sink and oven. For the sink we chose the penny circles and the oven we chose the square tiles and randomly placed floral tile that was pretty nearly the same motif as the fabric we used for the stools in the kitchen. 

Counter tops were made from recycled glass and concrete, dark antique stained engineered bamboo flooring, organic rattan chairs for dining room with burnt orange seat covers in hemp fabric as well as hemp curtains that resembled vintage coffee bags. Paints colors were drawn from the floral fabric and are all zero V.O.C.

This project was alot of fun but definitely challenging with all of the building codes to follow. 
Thanks for reading. 

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