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Destination: Dream Kitchen Remodel

We recently completed a rather large kitchen remodel in the SF Bay Area's suburbs and are delighted with the end result. Luckily, so are the clients! This project was a true labor of love as we waded our way through construction during a pandemic and a state-wide shutdown that affected everything from delivery timelines to tradespeople being able to come to the job site to work. Lucky for us, our clients were the most generous and understanding people, so we got through it all in one piece.


These clients are great cooks who host friends and family in their home quite frequently (ok, maybe not so much this past year, but Covid will end SOMEDAY, won't it? Please say yes!).

Please take a look at their kitchen before our team at HCD got a hold of it!


I mean, who is supposed to cook in THAT space?! Apparently not them. It was time for a new, larger, better functioning, and beautiful kitchen.


First order of business? Tear down that wall! We removed the wall between the dining room and kitchen to open up the space and give it a grander feeling. However, removing the dining room meant we had to find a way to seat all those future guests. This need became the inspiration for the 10-foot island we created. The piece de resistance was the stunning, live edge island top the client made out of a felled California Redwood from their Santa Cruz property. A genuinely unique and show-stopping addition, to be sure.

We then gave these cooks top-notch appliances from Monogram Appliances: an induction cooktop, a 5-in-1-speed oven, and a custom range hood by Range Craft. Click here for more on why we are such fans of the induction cooktop and speed oven.


To strike a balance between contemporary and traditional, we used a large farm sink, traditional, and paired it with one of Caesarstone's newer quartz colors called Moorland Fog, more contemporary, giving things a sleek yet warm vibe.


Given our region, most of my clients tend to lean towards a more modern or mid-century look, so it was fun to step out of that and stretch my design chops on something more traditional. I would say it was a success.



What do you think?



Until next time,


Heather