Before & After: Tara's Bright, Breezy & Bold Kitchen

Before & After: Tara's Bright, Breezy & Bold Kitchen

Tara Bellucci
Oct 5, 2015
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San Francisco, CA
U.S. Owner
My room makeover::
We bought our house from a lovely elderly lady who had lived there for 40 years! Being a typical SF house from 1915, there was a funky addition added later. The sink was 20 feet away from the stove, there was a rolling dishwasher and old fabric wallpaper. There were a total of 2 cabinets - making the kitchen was large, cluttered, and cramped all at the same time. We found a contractor and decided to place the kitchen in just one room, cabinets all the way up to the ceiling, open adjoining walls, add an island, and a home office. I also used Houzz to find images of kitchens that I loved - I incorporated a lot of different elements from these sites – like the microwave in the island. I was pregnant and we knew we needed to be done by September. My contractor promised 8 weeks and came in around 9. We started Demo in July and finished in Early September. The cost to the contractor was about $85k. Modwalls for tiles, Big Chill for retro-feeling appliances. Bright, breezy and bold.
My makeover advice::
Be ready to eat out a lot! And deal with dust - even though they created a barrier, dust still got through sometimes.

Set up a mini-kitchen somewhere else (we had a hot water source/a big water pitcher, microwave, etc.)
What I love most about my new space::
Some friends just remarked that the kitchen is now the new heart of the house. And it combines the dining room and the home office. Now, when we're cooking, we can have our son sitting at the island, helping, doing homework. When friends are over, we can be together while preparing meals. Before we had to be in completely separate rooms. It's bright - there's so much sunlight coming in and the walls are so light. And it's insulated - because half of the kitchen is an addition and overhanging porch, it was always cold. Not so anymore. Plus we have so much storage space! There's no need for major clutter anymore (I'm also really enjoying not having a rolling dishwasher anymore). The house just feels so much bigger and airier. And like the kitchen is a place where you want to be now.
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