New kitchen opens to airy living spaces
Before & After: See how this remodel turned a dark home into an airy platform for relaxed living
Key elements of the remodel
The changes are mostly on the surface, but have big impact.
Light-reflecting flat white paint covers old paneling.
Floor-to-ceiling French doors open an entire wall to the small deck.
Wood table and benches mixed with metal dining chairs create a relaxed look.
Vases and other art objects provide elegant focal points.
Marble backsplash and wood display shelf make the kitchen handsome enough to entertain in.
Breakfast bay acts as a daylight-catcher that brightens the rest of the kitchen.
Design: Malcolm Davis Architecture, San Francisco.
Interior design consultant: Margaret Simon, Turnbull Griffin Haesloop, Berkeley
Elegant focal points
"I love to see through things," says Davis. His collection of clear bottles and vases in a pleasing variety of shapes and heights reinforces the point and underscores one of the goals of the remodel, which was to open up views.