Contemporary Craftsman Kitchen

Last remodeled in the seventies, this North Berkeley kitchen had little storage, no range exhaust, a choppy layout, and a jumble of appliances, not to mention a groovy color scheme!

We started from scratch, opening up the floor plan by removing the peninsula and shifting the refrigerator and dishwasher, as well as adding a pull out pantry in the adjacent laundry room. The color palette is inspired by the locally made recycled glass countertop in traditional ambers and cobalt blues, colors drawn from the living and dining rooms. The shaker cabinetry, farmhouse sink and oil-rubbed bronze fixtures are true to the home's craftsman aesthetic, and are balanced by clean lines and modern elements of stainless steel. Natural linoleum flooring, recycled glass tile, NAUF (no added urea formaldehyde) cabinets, Energy Star appliances and zero VOC paint, caulks and adhesives round out the list of green features. A stunning custom glass bowl by Slow Burn Glass adds organic form.

The result is a very functional and inviting kitchen that's as good to the environment as it is to its occupants. Future plans include soffit lighting and a built-in breakfast nook. with Live Oak Structural and Craftsmen Floor Company