Down-to-Earth Kitchen Remodel

Designer Gioi Tran converts a California kitchen into a multi-functional space with warm and inviting style.
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By: Jeannie Matteucci
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Designer Gioi Tran of Applegate Tran Interiors designed a down-to-earth and functional kitchen for an Orinda, California family of three. They wanted a space that would allow them to cook daily meals together as well as entertain guests.

Tran shares how he combined earthy materials and functional amenities with contemporary charm in this kitchen remodel.

What items were on this family's wish list for the kitchen?

They had quite a wish list for this remodel. They wanted multiple dishwashers and sinks, a built-in coffee maker and a wood burning pizza oven. They also wanted plenty of space for guests and task areas for preparing fruits and vegetables.

Warm and Inviting Family Kitchen

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Baker's Dream

A corner pizza oven, double wall ovens and a warming drawer give the homeowners the pro-style equipment they need to bake bread or whip up a gourmet pizza.

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Simple Clean Up

A deep, oversized single basin sink makes it easy to clean large pots and pans.

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Cooking Zone

A pot filler was included behind the six burner cooktop, so the homeowners don't have to carry a large pot of water across the room when they want pasta for dinner.

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Contrasting Cabinets

The rich kitchen cabinets from cabinet maker Mueller Nicholls include two different woods: a lighter Eucalyptus and a darker Walnut.

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Balanced Look

A unique play of materials ranging from natural sandblasted granite to honed limestone create a kitchen with a balanced look.

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Did you have any obstacles that you had to overcome?

To accommodate the wish for the larger kitchen area, we needed to borrow space from the dining room and extend it into the kitchen. We had to make sure that the different zones in the kitchen would come together to make the room easy to navigate. It took some careful planning to achieve this.

Did the end result match up to the original vision?

Everything I designed was executed as planned. This happened because the clients had the contractor build a mock kitchen out of cardboard boxes so they could visualize and have the ability to move freely through the space.

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