A Carrara marble backsplash is the keynote in this renovated 1905 San Francisco kitchen.
When space is tight, getting a workable kitchen takes some adjustment. Renovated in a distinctly modern industrial style, with a prominent Carrara marble backsplash, this old-house kitchen is organized along one wall kitchen with the sink and gas cooktop adjacent to each other. Usually that’s a less than idea arrangement yet it was dictated here by a narrow room with windows on each end. Slabs of Carrara marble create an elegant backdrop and matching counter below the shelves. A pot-filler faucet is mounted on the marble in the cooktop area along with stainless steel racks for hanging utensils. At one end of the counter, perpendicular to a window, is a Shaw’s fireclay sink, pulled forward slightly and installed so that the entire exposed rim sits slightly above counter level. In sink parlance, this sink is bumped out and upmounted, with a Miele dishwasher alongside. The sink adds a soft touch to the overall design.
On that same wall, walnut shelves — instead of upper cabinets — are lighted and partially enclosed by textured-glass screens that serve as “doors” to slide across and close off the dish storage as necessary. It’s an Asian approach, similar to moveable screens except these are translucent.
Contemporary style, slab-front Walnut base cabinets and drawers are intermixed with open pot and pan pullouts. The kitchen also has a substantial antique English butcher block on wheels as an additional workspace and setting down area. Double Dacor ovens and a warming drawer float on one wall of the kitchen like a huge piece of art, with open baking pan storage above. The fir floor is original an the combination of old and new give this kitchen its highly original character created by san Francisco designer Larissa Sand.
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