Before & After: A Cozy Kitchen With Character

Designer – Andy Tarlton-Hernandez
Project Manager – Bob Hillesland


Walking up to this home you instantly notice the distinct craftsman-style features that set it apart from the next house. Unfortunately, the kitchen was lacking in this unique style and needed a more refined layout.

The homeowner is an avid cook but the existing kitchen was limited in space; lacking much-needed functionality, storage, and personality.


The main goal of the remodel was to create a chef-worthy kitchen with a place for everything. Step one was opening the layout by eliminating the remainder of the wall that separated the kitchen and living space.


The existing cased opening to the dining room was closed off to allow for more usable space in the kitchen.



Aesthetics and function went hand-in-hand. Not only did we want to emphasize the craftsman style, but we also wanted finishes that were extremely durable and would stand the test of time.

We selected materials that were warm and natural, drawing on the earth tones that influenced the color palette for this design.


Centered on the back wall of the kitchen is a gorgeous, rich mahogany stained hood that pairs perfectly with the custom posts, beams, and corbels.


These all frame the new opening to the kitchen and pair nicely with the home’s existing fireplace millwork.


The homeowners requested incorporating the original craftsman-style cabinet into the redesign. We fit this piece on the sidewall, nestled between full-height cabinets. It now serves as the perfect beverage bar and blends seamlessly with the new creamy-white cabinets that line the perimeter of the kitchen.


Accents of black throughout add contrast, a bit of drama, and compliment the leathered black terrazzo countertops.


A eucalyptus-colored island anchors the space, topped by a unique leathered recycled quartz. Handmade, green-toned subway tiles fill the backslash reflecting the color of the island and adding depth to the space.


This kitchen feels so much more inviting, and we are thrilled that the homeowners love it as much as we do!

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