I was asked to help a client redesign her kitchen that was too small for her beautifully architecturally designed home in the rolling Hills of San Antonio Texas. This small, cramped, dated kitchen was not only limited in its overall function with lack of storage and prep space but the eat-in area was disjointed to say the least. The growing family wanted the kitchen to be the hub of the home for hang time and entertaining while enjoying the outside views off the deck. If those weren’t reasons enough to make changes after 10-12 years, the real reason they decided to make significant changes was because they wanted an icemaker. So off we went work.
After addressing the major issues and listening to their concerns. I then sat down and reviewed the floor plan and thought about making a few significant changes that would allow for better workflow by closing up a window. Next I built up an entire beverage station opposite the stove wall to house not only the icemaker but a mini beverage refrigerator, bar sink, storage display and lounge seating area.
I want a New Mexican Modern European look” she explained one night while she clanked around to get dinner started late one evening after a long day at the office. “I want this to be a place where I WANT to cook and hang out”, she said with a sigh of frustration.
As I sat there taking notes, I looked around for more clues into her style. Such as her artifacts collection from their travels of the years lovingly displayed on the shelves. Old family photos of her and her husband in their younger years. Along with many framed images of their two daughters as babies on through their kid stages. Nostalgic sentiments mixed with sleek contemporary elements such the pendant island lights above me as I sat there taking it all in.
The vision was becoming apparent. We were after a modern, sleek, warm concept mixed with the soothing elements found in nature. That not only spoke to the New Mexican vibe, but to the home’s current location nestled in the Scenic Loop area of San Antonio Taxes. When selecting and designing the kitchen cabinets we went with a European style door front in a walnut finish that added warmth we wanted to keep. To address storage in this compact space, I used Hafele inserts especially with the blind corner unit to maximize the storage in the “L” shape kitchen where most of the food prep would happen.
The design is in the details. Inspired by the Native American patterns found in quilts for the backsplash I proposed to do this geometric like pattern in gray, white and glass materials. The pot filler in white so that it was functional for easy access when cooking but fresher in a white finish vs. chrome. She wanted marble counters very much, but she knew she would be hard on it, so we only installed it on the island. Doing this allows for it be the show pieces and on the perimeter of the kitchen counters we did a hard wearing quartz in white.
The display wall was overhauled to a more usable pantry storage with a barn style door access not only for a relaxed look but to eliminate the door swing in the walkway. The bookshelves on each side are lined with metallic grasscloth for an added layer of texture. Custom glass shelves designed so that the light could filter through to showcase her pottery.
Indeed the design process that took some months of schematic’s and a team effort by all involved to get this right for what they wanted, but it was well worth it! In the end, it turned out to be just what they wanted and will endure for many years to come.
Thanks to the Bravi Design and Remodeling Team for all their fabulous work in helping getting job complete.
A special thanks goes to Nicole for be just sport and a amazing project manager on this project! I know how hard you worked. I appreciate you for it. -Thank you xoxo