Kitchen of the Week: More Storage and a Better Layout
Kitchen at a Glance
Location: Danville, California
Who lives here: Kevin and Jenny Jarvis and their four children
Size: 326 square feet (30.3 square meters)
Designer: Shelley Lober of Kitchens of Diablo
BEFORE: The original U-shaped layout, cherry cabinets and granite countertops lacked the function, storage, style and workspace desired for this active family of six. (The family donated the countertops, light fixtures and appliances to Habitat for Humanity.)
The backsplash tile behind the range inspired the gray and white color scheme. White painted maple wood cabinets feature Shaker-style doors, satin nickel knobs and pulls, and crown molding.
Paint by Kelly-Moore Paints: Greyswood KM3958-3 (walls), Rice Straw KM3953-1 (ceiling), Swiss Coffee KM1050-023 (trim); cabinets: Dura Supreme Cabinetry; cabinetry hardware:Richelieu
The island features an open bookcase for cookbooks, a prep sink, a full-size second oven used during large parties and holiday meals, and drawers located on the end across from the range for pots and pans.
A 4-by-4-foot corner walk-in pantry with a pinpoint glass door includes floor-to-ceiling shelves for dry goods and small appliances, helping reduce clutter in the main space.
Perimeter counters: Stormy Sky BS250, PentalQuartz; island top: White Spring granite,Instone; spun-glass pendants over island: discontinued, but see similar style here; stainless steel island sink: Lustertone single-bowl undermount, Elkay; stainless steel sink faucet: one-handle arc pull-down, Arbor collection, Moen; stainless steel dishwasher:Bosch; stainless steel French-door refrigerator: LG
The new durable engineered white oak floor adds warmth and complements the wood tones on the base of the island. “I like the variety of color in the floor, and it offers texture, which is great for hiding scratches,” Jenny says.
Island stools: CB2; flooring: Carpet One
Backsplash field tile and design:Siena Tile and Stone; stainless steel range: GR304 30-inch gas range, Wolf; stainless steel hood:Zephyr
The bar area has a stainless beverage refrigerator, slide-out wicker baskets for fresh fruits and vegetables (sometimes also home to art supplies for the kids), and cubbyholes for bottles of wine.
Stainless steel beverage refrigerator: Electrolux; stainless steel microwave: Kenmore; stainless steel main kitchen sink: Elumina single-bowl undermount, Elkay
“It’s very livable,” Jenny says. “I love how everything has a dedicated spot, which is important when you have a family of six.”