Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel in Modern Home

View into the Kitchen from the side yard.

View into the Kitchen from the side yard.

View from the dining room through the kitchen and into the landscape.

View from the dining room through the kitchen and into the landscape.

Close up view of table leg with view through to the landscape.

Close up view of table leg with view through to the landscape.

View from the entry through the Kitchen & into the Landscape.

View from the entry through the Kitchen & into the Landscape.

View from the dining room through the kitchen and into the landscape.

View from the dining room through the kitchen and into the landscape.

View through Kitchen into the Entry

View through Kitchen into the Entry

Kitchen Pantry & Oven Cabinetry.

Kitchen Pantry & Oven Cabinetry.

Detail of Kitchen Pantry & Oven Cabinetry.

Detail of Kitchen Pantry & Oven Cabinetry.

Before and After partial floor plans

Before and After partial floor plans

View from dining into Kitchen & Living.

View from dining into Kitchen & Living.

Brick hearth & surround have been removed & replaced with Plaster wall & Stone hearth.

Brick hearth & surround have been removed & replaced with Plaster wall & Stone hearth.

Master Bathroom Shower

Master Bathroom Shower

Master Bathroom floating cabinetry.

Master Bathroom floating cabinetry.

Guest Bathroom Floating Cabinets & tub beyond.

Guest Bathroom Floating Cabinets & tub beyond.

Master Bedroom updated closet doors.

Master Bedroom updated closet doors.

Partnership project as Oikos with Annitella Porges Kiriakou
Orinda, CA

The challenge was both visual and structural.   The clients desire was for an open, flowing spacious plan working within the existing home and that the kitchen would not look so much like a kitchen.  The existing home already had insufficient shear walls to protect them in an earthquake. The key item that allowed us to remove walls to create this open plan was to change out existing posts supporting the roof overhang to be steel moment frames conencting back into the roof plane. Therefore in addition to creating an opening flowing space, we improved the home's eartquake protection attributes.  The two bathrooms were remodeled to feel larger & more open within the confines of existing bedroom & hall walls.  Our Remodel was the Recipient of Honorable interior for the 2007 kitchen contest of the Design for Living Magazine.

Photographs by Indivar Sivanathan