Though this house was built just 10 years ago, the layout and builder-grade finishes did not suit the needs of the new homeowners. To add warmth and style, they called in the design/build talents of Casa Linda Remodeling, San Antonio. President Bob Earl's kitchen design included removing the peninsula and an adjacent wall of cabinets to open up the fragmented space, replacing the outdated pickle-finish cabinetry, and tearing out the soffit to make room for full-height cabinets.
He placed a large island at an angle to open up the space to the adjacent butler's pantry and breakfast nook. He also varied the height and depth of the wall cabinets. “We elevated the cabinets to show height and dimension, and used rich hickory — a warm-toned wood,” Earl says.
He says that although lighting is very important, it tends to be the most overlooked part of kitchen design and is often the first line item to be cut during the planning stages. “These clients were willing to invest in design and products to maximize the look of the kitchen they wanted to achieve,” he says.
He installed several types of lighting, which can be controlled to create different moods. The lighting includes a ceiling-mounted monorail with hanging pendants, recessed cans, under-cabinet Xenon lighting, and quartz lighting above the cabinets to wash the upper walls.