Galloway Kitchen Remodel

Berkeley, California

• 2012 Preservation Award, Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association
Berkeley Voice, June, 2012

Classic Details, Quality Finishes

Classic details, quality finishes, and vintage appliances create family-friendly comfort and chef-quality function for this updated Arts & Crafts kitchen. The home, a 1910 catalog house, was long overdue for a remodel. It featured a tired, outdated kitchen with lots of wasted space.

The complete remodel included an overhaul of the rear half of the main floor: the kitchen layout didn’t work, a bedroom next to the kitchen was unused, and the laundry room had the best view in the whole house -- overlooking the garden. The remodel relocated the laundry to the unused bedroom and reclaimed this prime area for additional kitchen space. Thus, the grand garden view became the focal point for the kitchen.

A large central island, with a prep sink, is the workhorse of the kitchen. The old hutch on the west wall, original to the kitchen, was refurbished while new ceiling box beams were inspired by beams in the living and dining rooms. Unique window and door casings were replicated from existing ones throughout the house and really give the Kitchen its character. Soapstone, marble, and butcher block counters are installed for different tasks while a wonderful linoleum floor continues the traditional ambiance.