Project Description

Borgia Residence
Timeless Maple & Black Hub Kitchen
2004 | Solana Beach



  • Complete Remodel of Kitchen So it Becomes the Center Hub to the Home
  • Removed Dropped Ceiling That Housed Recessed Fluorescent Lighting
  • Relocated Ducting and Registers in New 96″ Ceiling
  • Added Phone and Computer Networking Lines at Kitchen Desk

Kitchen Details


  • Cabinets: Solid Maple Doors and Parts with Black Laminate Toe Kicks and Ceiling Valance
  • Cabinet Finish: Clear Conversion Varnish Finish (No Stain)
  • Cabinet Interior: Clear Maple Melamine
  • Cabinet Lighting: FSC 3124/3136el Soft White Fluorescent Under Cabinet Lights w/ Electronic Ballast
  • Room Lighting: Recessed Halogen Ceiling Cans on Dimmer Switches
  • Countertops: Blue Pearl GT Black Granite with Full Bull Nose Finish
  • Backsplash: Full Black Granite Splash All the Way to Ceiling Behind Hood
  • Sink: Stainless Steel Undermount
  • Faucet: Modern Single Lever with Separate Water Filter Faucet to the Left. Water Filter Also Serves Ice Maker in Refrigerator


  • Cooktop: DCS CT365SS 36″ Drop-In Gas Cooktop with 5 Burners, Continuous Grates & Sealed Range
  • Oven: Thermador CM302UB Black Convection Double Oven
  • Range Hood: Thermador HGSW36TS Glass Hood
  • Dishwasher: Bosch SHV46C03UC with Integrated Wood Door to Match Cabinets
  • Microwave: Sharp R-1214 Over the Counter Microwave in Black
  • Trash Compactor: KitchenAid KUCC151LPA in Island with Integrated Wood Door to Match Cabinets
  • Refrigerator: KitchenAid KBRO36FM Built-In Fridge with Integrated Cabinet Door Panels


  • Flooring: 20 x 20 Porcelain Tile That Looks Like Natural Limestone Stone

Project Credits

Designer: Danilo Nesovic
Contractor: Danilo Nesovic
Interior Decoration: Homeowner, With Inputs From Danilo Nesovic
Cabinet Manufacturer: Danilo Nesovic

Project Overview

The task here was to remodel the kitchen in such a way that it became the hub of this family’s active lifestyle. The kitchen was situated in the center of the home, surrounded by the living room, dining room, breakfast nook which led to the patio, and the family room that also had access to the patio. The clients wanted anyone working in the kitchen to stay connected to everyone in the family room. To maximize the connection between the two rooms, we opted for the unusual solution of moving the sink into the island so anyone working at the sink would also be facing the family room and TV. This island sink, counter, and cabinets are the center of this kitchen, and in turn the central hub of the home’s common areas. We accented the island with pendant lights for decoration as well as recessed down lights for function.

Notice the placement of the recessed down lights over the counter tops as you look around the kitchen, they are not in the typical brain-dead architectural geometric pattern seen in most magazines. These kitchen lights are placed where they are needed over work spaces, in front of cabinets so the cabinets are highlighted and you are not standing and working in your own shadow like you would if the lights were behind you in a geometric pattern in the ceiling. We also supplemented the lighting with under cabinet florescent lights.

This client liked a clean modern look of clear maple and black granite. The cabinet doors she chose are solid maple with a clam shell shaped edge. This resulted in a really nice clean and soft modern look, but one that is not easy to do without effort. Notice the opened doors have a batten at top and bottom behind each door. That is because solid wood easily warps unless you put cross bracing on the back as we have to prevent it. This is the biggest reason why many clients use wood veneers for flat doors like these. Until very recently, veneers could not be sculpted with the clam shell edge details used on these doors, they could only be done with sharp square edges. At the time this kitchen was done, solid wood was the only viable option to achieve that soft shaped look. You will see this door in other projects as well, as it was a very popular look in many wood species and colors.

The black granite counters set off the clear maple cabinetry well and to continue the black accent color scheme, we used black laminate for the toe kicks and the ceiling light valence.

The 20″ x 20″ porcelain floor tiles mimic natural limestone stone floors, but are far more easily maintained than natural stone floors. They run through the entire kitchen, breakfast nook, and into the dining room.

Note that the seating area in the kitchen is facing the family room, not the kitchen as is normally seen. It is all about the perspective and use of the rooms. Many cooks can easily help out and work in this kitchen at the same time. As you look around you can see the multiple work areas, and extra sink for prep or wet bar use. The cabinets contain lots of roll out shelves and lazy susans for easy access to the base and corner storage areas.

This kitchen is another example of a timeless style. The only thing needed to upgrade it to today’s standards would be replacing the halogen ceiling lights and under cabinet fluorescent lights with LED modules.