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Dec 04 2017

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Designing in San Francisco


This past week I had the opportunity to travel to San Francisco for the grand opening of a unique showroom concept. While there was not enough time for me to explore the city myself, I was able to speak with the design team behind an award-winning kitchen in the Pacific Heights section of San Francisco.

This historic mansion had lots of overall square footage, but the kitchen was an awkward combination of spaces that had been rearranged over the years. Designers Jennifer Howard of Rye, N.Y.-based JWH Design & Cabinetry and San Francisco-based Jon de la Cruz of De La Cruz Architecture + Design worked in the eight-week time frame to give the homeowners – a family with eight children – a more beautiful and functional space.


The Look. For a twist on the traditional San Francisco kitchen, the design team chose a mixture of concrete-look countertops and two cabinetry finishes: weathered-white oak for the island and modern white perimeter cabinets. The vent hood, designed by de la Cruz, is zinc with a blackened finish, which complements the glossy black backsplash tiles. All of these gray, white and black colors are reminiscent of the fog and clouds rolling in from the water in the city.

Challenges. The new 36-in. column refrigerator and freezer, as well as the 60-in. steam oven, were good sizes for the big family, but they did not fit where originally intended. The solution was closing off the window from the inside, while maintaining the exterior appearance, and putting the appliances on that wall.


“Since this was not one of the windows that overlooked the beautiful San Francisco skyline, the solution was accepted and worked out really well,” said Howard. “The result was a dramatic look with the 36-in. units on either end of the wall, and there was still room left over for cabinetry storage.”


Functionality for the Family. Practical additions include double trash units, cutlery dividers, stainless door protectors on the sink and trash cabinets. An appliance garage also reduces countertop clutter. These all will make a difference in the usability and durability of this family kitchen.

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