City by the Sea Kitchen Renovation

City by the Sea Kitchen Renovation

We’ve spent the last few months renovating a lovely 1928 Spanish colonial in Long Beach. Kathy, a beauty executive who has lived there for seven years, liked the existing kitchen layout but wanted to reconfigure some of the appliances and update the cabinets.

I immediately fell in love with the bones and character of the almost 100 year old home and wanted to pay homage to the high ceilings by bringing the wall cabinets up and adding a two-piece crown. Double panel door wall cabinets with glass grids on the top panel and lights now flank the windows. We moved the refrigerator to the opposite side of the room and recessed the wall ovens into a custom cabinet holding a small tv for Kathy to watch cooking shows while preparing meals. We removed a hall closet to create more space for the entry, opened the archway and added wine storage/ serving area.

Recessed wall ovens and wine storage

The flush inset Wolf cooktop was replaced and we added plenty of storage for spices, pots and pans. This young family of four needed as much storage and organization as possible so we designed the cabinet interiors to have deep rollout trays and plenty of drawers.

Front to back dividers and rollout trays

Pantry with rollout trays

Flush inset cooktop with knobs installed on flat panel

Spice pullout

What a transformation!

Here are some before photos:

We added wall cabinets, crown molding and moved the refrigerator to this wall

We got rid of the closet and created a wine storage/serving area

We added a stainless steel farm sink and storage

We enlarged the opening and fabricated a custom double wall oven cabinet

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