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Kitchen Remodel in Oakland Mid-Century Modern Home

When the current owners purchased it, this home came with a cramped and very dated kitchen.  Originally surrounded on two sides by a walkway and deck, it had been remodeled by the previous owners to enclose this exterior space, creating a corner dining room and visually extending the kitchen.  The original exterior walls had been left in place with the window openings turned into pass-throughs, but that left the kitchen landlocked with none of its openings on the exterior of the building.  This created a very confined and dark room that was out of step with the rest of this relatively bright home with large living spaces.

Daniel M Swain, AIA had a plan to remove the original exterior walls and extend the kitchen by opening the space up to the dining room. This created bay views on one side and family room and backyard views on the other. This required some significant structural work to re-support the roof and ceiling, as well as a seismic upgrade to the rest of the structure. The kitchen is now open to the rest of the house, bright and functional, while maintaining the mid-century roots of the home.

For the finishes we replaced the raised panel, oak cabinets, tile countertops and red, clay tile floors. We replaced them with solid walnut cabinets, Princess White quartzite counter-tops, matte green glass subway backsplash and stainless steel appliances, and reused the sub-zero refrigerator. The owners were enamored with white marble, but opted instead for the lower maintenance requirements of the very white quartzite. The floor is long-dimension, textured porcelain tile giving a rich, dark look while being resistant to almost any damage.

Architect: Daniel M Swain, Architect

Contractor: Peter J Curlee Construction

Structural Engineer: Erik Andersen

Cabinet Maker: John Wilson

Photo Credit: Leori Gill

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