Kitchens over $100,000

HartmanBaldwin, Inc., Claremont, Calif.
Project location: Claremont, Calif.
Sq. ft. before and after: 4,224
Project cost: $213,000

A “U”-shaped home, custom-built in the 1980s, consisted of two main living areas. But after awhile, the home’s unique configuration began to create problems for the owners. Rooms began to feel cramped and it was difficult to entertain family and friends. As a result, the owners sought a remodel of its west wing, particularly its kitchen area, to create one space where family and friends could congregate comfortably. In addition, the owners sought to update the style and decor of the home.

The primary challenge for HartmanBaldwin Inc. was helping the clients understand how removing the interior walls creating a larger open space could also be delineated into spaces that feel separate, despite the openness.

HartmanBaldwin offered a solution that delineated spaces in unusual ways. They employed kitchen cabinets set up like furniture pieces. They also designed lighting schemes for each “room” within the space.

The free-standing furniture was difficult to execute, particularly for the islands that hold a prep sink and a range. Gas and water lines were a significant issue from a design standpoint. The solution was to thread those lines through hollow, stainless steel legs. This allowed for an unobstructed floor plane beneath the furniture styled islands.

Similar pains were taken to hide the HVAC system in the ceiling. Above, 1-in. linear slot diffusers were installed throughout the space to supply air. HVAC returns were also hidden in the dropped ceiling.

Products specified:
Exterior doors: Andersen
Flooring tile/stone: Cromlech
Cabinets: Custom
Countertops: Soapstone
Hood and vent: Broan/NuTone
Kitchen appliances: KitchenAid, U-Line, Thermador, Fisher & Paykel
Lighting fixtures: Nora, LBL
Paints and stains: Dunn Edwards
Windows: Andersen

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