1979 | Hillcrest, San Diego, CA
Complete Kitchen Remodel
- This large 1940’s Hillcrest home was in dire need of a new kitchen. The most difficult challenge was to get more light into the room whose only window was blocked from sunlight by large neighbors trees.
- Moving the kitchen to another part of the large home was considered, but the substantial costs of that type of remodel was not in this clients budget
- The idea of a skylight really appealed to the client, but there was a second floor above this kitchen that he thought made that impossible
- Thinking outside the box, we pointed out to the client that the ceiling height in the kitchen was a little over 10′ tall and we gave them the option to lower the ceiling to 8′ and make faux skylights with daylight colored florescent lights over real skylight domes which could be simply slid to the side when it was time to change bulbs
- Under cabinet florescent lights and two recessed cans over the sink completed the lighting
- A garden window was added to replace the original window
- A pass thru to the dining room / family room area was added at the cook top. The pass thru also allowed the cook to see and communicate with those in the family room while working in the kitchen
Kitchen Remodeling Details
- Cabinets manufactured by Danilo Nesovic to copy a door style by Poggenpohl that the client had seen advertised in a magazine ad
- Cabinet Finish: Red cherry conversion varnish stain and finish over mahogany horizontal grain and grooves.
- Brushed metal handles, light valences, and door side trim.
- Bronze tinted glass doors on cabinets over peninsula
- White laminate countertops with metallic bevel edge and full white back splash
- Slide-in Jenn Aire range with down vent
- Built-in microwave
- Vinyl floors
Kitchen Design: Danilo Nesovic
Kitchen Remodeling: Danilo Nesovic
Contractor: Danilo Nesovic
This old large Hillcrest home and it’s client presented some unique design challenges to us. This kitchen had little natural light. Its only window was obstructed from light by neighbors trees. The client would have loved to have a skylight but there was a second story bedroom above the entire kitchen. So how in the heck did we get a skylight in this kitchen to brighten it up? Read the description at the side to find out.