Oakland Kitchen Addition

Kitchen and sunroom addition

When asked what she was looking for in her new kitchen and the remodeling, the list was presented.

A large kitchen with an island, counter space, built-in appliances with a wine fridge, granite counter tops, Maple cabinetry with a glazed finish accent, under cabinet lighting, recessed lighting on dimmers, fixture lighting, hardwood flooring, pantry cabinetry, a desk area, room for a dining table for up to 5-people, lots of natural daylight so I don’t have to turn on a light in the middle of the day to see,new flooring in the back hall, new flooring to match the kitchen in the hallway to the front entry, the carpet removed and the floors refinished, open the wall if you can to the second floor stairs, take the wall out between the family room and the hall, take out the built-ins between the dining room and the living room, repair all the plaster, and widen the opening between the dining room and the kitchen.

Was there anything else she had in mind we asked? She said it’s not on my list, but tiling and adding heat to my front sun oom, I’d like that option. Asked if she had been thinking about this for any length of time; she replied, years.


Although the owner had a very clear picture in her mind of what she wanted; how to get there, and what it would cost was entirely another story. After a lengthy discussion involving that an addition would be necessary to accomplish her goals for the kitchen, she indicated that she would be fine with that if it matched the rest of the house. Once we were able to identify what the various component costs for a project of this nature were, we were able to help her to understand the costs and arrive at what she could reasonably expect the project to cost. With appliances and decorating she insisted, it could not be more than $150,000.00. We agreed that would be possible if she would stay in the allowances we provided and did not go crazy with her appliance selections.

The addition was designed as a slab on grade foundation with a very minor crawlspace underneath it, as there were four steps up from grade to the first floor. The exterior was finished in the same materials of brick and vinyl siding matching the rest of the house. The brick that was removed from the location where the addition was added was reclaimed and used as the wainscot around the addition. The remainder of the house had vinyl replacement windows however, we specified a better performing PELLA, Impervia fiberglass window for the addition with VELUX skylights. The difference between the new windows and the existing are only apparent if studied closely.


An interesting architectural detail that not only creates volume in the dining portion of the space of the addition, but floods the area with natural light is the vaulted ceiling. This arrangement makes the space feel much larger than it actually is.

Custom Maple cabinetry with a butterscotch finish and washed brown glazing is treated with polished granite countertops throughout and custom tiled backsplashes. The cabinetry and the space is accented with aged bronze finished knobs and pulls and fixture lighting. Maple floors throughout the first floor were repaired as necessary, sanded, and refinished to match the new flooring installed in the kitchen and hallway. Bright and vibrant colors of tangerine and yellow were applied to the walls of the remodeled spaces catering to the desire for bright and bold.

The wall of the stairs leading to the second floor was opened as much as possible and a custom newel post and balustrade installed making a dramatic statement while allowing natural light to reach into the family room where none had before.