Warm kitchen makeover

See how a designer combines the best of old and new for an inviting contemporary look

Ebony-stained cabinetry
Photo: Thomas J. Story

Dutto's tips for a phased remodel

Break down each step
Assess what to do now and what to do later. "For every design decision, we had phase one and phase two," Dutto says.

Design for future use
The longterm goal for the Dutto kitchen is to expand it as the house remodel continues. A generous overhang on the island was planned to eventually accommodate more seating.

Buy now for later
Dutto got a huge discount on a scratched Viking range floor model and kept it in storage for a year. "We were holding on to it for our 'someday' kitchen."

Be flexible
The Duttos' remodel plans have changed since they moved in two years ago. "My advice is to move in first and see how you use the space, so you'll know what you really want," she says.

Design: Lara C. Dutto, D-Cubed, Emeryville, CA (510/557-1484).

Resources: Paint selection and consultation by Mari Tischenko (925/285-8165). Glen Ridge Gold paint (on kitchen walls; item 301) and Jade Romanesque paint (on island; item 476) from Benjamin Moore (800/344-0400). Barn-door track from Crown Industrial (650/952-5150). Quartersawn white oak-veneer cabinets with custom stain by Lloyd's Custom Woodwork (925/680-6600). John Boos maple butcher-block counter with natural oil finish on island from Sullivan Counter Tops (510/652-2337). Wüsthof aluminum knife magnet bar from Sur La Table ($70; 800/243-0852).

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  • Warm kitchen before

    Before:

    The small kitchen had an awkward space for dining and was hidden from the home's main living areas by a closet wall. Removing the wall added 5 feet and made room for the family's recycled-teak trestle dining table.

  • Cooking area after

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