USA Kitchen Trends US Kitchen Trends Vol. 30/09 - Page 85

The big picture Remodeling this house was all about opening it up to the views front and back, with a kitchen right at the center It makes sense to position kitchens and living areas where you can enjoy the best view, and this may well be on the top floor of a house. This inner-city San Francisco house, which has been extensively remodeled by architect Jonathan Feldman and his team at Feldman Architecture, already had the living areas on the top floor. But the rooms were compartmentalized and the kitchen was a small galley area in between a bedroom and the living room. To create the large, contemporary living space the new owners required, the entire floor was gutted – along with the rest of the house. This opened up the top floor to the spectacular views at the front and back. As well as floor-toceiling glazing at either end, light penetrates the kitchen in the middle of the space through large skylights above a perforated metal ceiling. “This screen runs across the ceiling and wraps right down the wall beside the stairs, connecting all four stories,” Feldman says. “Light travels through the screen not only from the skylights, but also from windows and artificial lighting behind the metal, including LED lighting within a reveal at the top. Additional natural light travels down to the floor below through a glazed floor beside the island.” Because the owners are both serious cooks, the kitchen is highly functional, yet it maintains an uncluttered, minimalist aesthetic. The cabinetry, which extends beyond the kitchen on both sides, conceals an entire wall of storage and large amenities, including a fridge-freezer, powder room, media center and elevator. High cabinets can be accesse