Inspiration for Seth & Allison's Kitchen

Inspiration for Seth & Allison's Kitchen

Feb 12, 2013
Name: Seth & Allison
Type of Project: Kitchen/Family Room renovation
Location: Ventura, California
Type of building: Mid-Century, multi-level, single family home
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The house that we currently live in is a 1927 Spanish-style bungalow, so we have been hesitant to do too much to it for fear of compromising the original architectural character. However, we do favor a more modern space with clean lines, and have been inspired by the homes we've seen over the past several years on the Dwell on Design L.A. Home Tour as well as minimalist Scandinavian homes in the books and magazines we've collected. We're excited by the possibilities that this new Mid-Century home of ours offers because we'll be able to create a more streamlined, modern space.

Having done one kitchen remodel before, we have an idea of what we'll be up against. But this new project is much larger-scale, and since it involves a renovation of the entire house we have decided to hire an architect to help us. Our architect, David Ferrin, drew up plans for the remodel after visiting the site and then taking into consideration our wishes for an open floor plan that also incorporates the outdoor spaces. The collaboration between us and the architect has been very good, especially because we seem to have similar tastes and because he has so much experience working on modern-style projects.

We have decided to use dark bronze (which look black) aluminum windows from Western Window Systems throughout the house, including casement and awning windows in the kitchen and a multi-slide pocketing door to connect the backyard and deck to the family room. We feel that spending a little extra on these windows will make the space feel more custom than using, say, vinyl sliding windows (which we used in our last home and still love!).

As far as tile and countertops go, we want to try to avoid anything too "trendy" to the extent that we can, simply because we plan to be here for a while. We've decided to go with a white quartz countertop similar to the one we've been happy with at our current house, and we will use classic 3x6 white subway tile for the backsplash, with gray grout.

We are firm believers in the IKEA Kitchen, in terms of cabinetry (one word: drawers!), so we'll use Ikea cabinet frames for both the lower and upper cabinets in the kitchen. We will have the upper cabinet faces custom made, but only because we want an oak finish that IKEA doesn't offer.

The materials we're planning on using:

Windows: Western Window Systems black aluminum casement, awning, and fixed windows
Countertop: White Quartz (either Caesarstone, Qortstone, or Silestone)
Tile: Dal-tile 3x6 Subway (kitchen backsplash)
Flooring: Red Oak to match original floors that are still in good shape in some areas
Cabinets: IKEA
Cabinet Faces: IKEA lower cabinets; custom upper cabinets
Lighting: 4-inch recessed can lighting (mixture of LED, incandescent, and low voltage)

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us next week for #3 of Seth & Allison's Diary.

(Diary Text: Allison Gibson. Images: 1. Metropolitan Construction, 2. Est Magazine (page 111), 3. Curbed Los Angeles, 4. The Kitchn, 5. Mark Seelen via Desire to Inspire)

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