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A Santa Barbara Kitchen, in the English style

This beautiful home in Santa Barbara along the ocean cliffs and facing the Channel Islands is an inspiration of how a remodel should be done. That is to say, take your time and do it right and get what you want. My clients owned the home for many years along with other homes and decided this is where they wanted to retire. Santa Barbara has a great climate year round and the home is on an incredible location, sitting on a gentle bluff with the Pacific ocean as their backyard. 

The house is decidedly English, filled with antiques collected over the years. So we designed the kitchen accordingly, with various elements reflecting the spectrum of their antiques. The kitchen is also designed for someone who enjoys cooking and really uses the space, as my clients do, with different pull-outs, counter space, and storage where it's needed most.

The majority of the kitchen is painted with a very durable conversion varnish that is glazed, with a clear top coat to give depth to the finish, and hand-carved elements (not applied) in solid maple. The island is made of solid curly maple with curved doors and drawers and carved feet with an aniline dye that brings out the natural beauty of the grain and a clear conversion varnish finish. The corner cabinet is solid cherry with special moulding details, carved feet and leaded glass upper panels. We also made the pantry door with leaded glass. 

All in all, this kitchen is very unique and functional. It fits the uniqueness of the home and the people who live in it. 

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