From Margaret Everton on January 27, 2011 in Kitchen Remodel
When a couple from Los Gatos, CA found themselves “empty nesters” after their children left home, they knew it was time for a change. With their love of food and entertaining, they decided to solicit Danenberg Design to help renovate their kitchen. We chatted with Lanny Danenberg about her clients’ project.
Their old kitchen, though aesthetically clean and pleasant, had become dated—and they wanted to honor the space’s new needs by making changes, such as adding a small breakfast table for just the two of them.
Their home in Los Gatos serves as a gathering place for large groups of family and friends, and they wanted a space that would accommodate their new living situation as well as guests.
The new kitchen is now an open L-shaped space with sleek detailing focusing on contrasting colors and finishes. The space merges well with the entire impeccably neat home. Light meets dark, and glossy meets matte to add to the simple drama of the space. The white high-gloss custom-colored cabinets contrast against the island cabinets, which are finished in “deep bourbon.”
The clients were open to Danenberg’s bold recommendations in terms of materials, style, and even a completely new layout. “A very different kitchen scheme was presented to them,” said Danenberg. “One that would transform the area into an open, light, bright, FUN, yet functional space that would satisfy their entertaining requirements as well as their daily needs.”
The couple was very pleased at the thought of transforming the kitchen area into an open, fun space. In the process, the u-shaped kitchen was completely removed, as well as the soffits and dropped ceiling. In fact, the entire space was brought down to the studs, with only the windows and a support column between the family room and kitchen remaining.
The behind-the-scenes functionality of this elegant new kitchen helps it to run as smoothly as it appears. All of the upper wall cabinets have “up-lift” doors with specialized hardware to allow them to open upward. Unique hinges, glides, and “soft-close” hardware from Germany allow for a strong but soft movement throughout. Locally-fabricated stainless steel supports the glass bar top, and provides a space where the clients can serve traditional Chinese fare in their signature buffet style.
The contrasts in materials throughout the space reflect the clients’ new need for both an updated pared-down space, along with the capacity to entertain with grace.
“The clients love their new kitchen and are taking every opportunity to entertain,” Danenberg said. Danenberg Design saw beyond structure and into the lifestyle needs of their client, and quite frankly, the couple couldn’t be happier.