Every two years, my neighborhood planning council puts on a kitchen tour, featuring walk-through tours of kitchens recently remodeled by homeowners in our historic Arts-and-Crafts neighborhood of Oakland, California.
This year, I am featuring some of these nine kitchens, which run the gamut from contemporary to traditional, in a before-and-after-event post.
So as not to give away the entire tour before it actually happens, this is one of the few full kitchen shots I'll show until after the Rockridge Kitchen Tour has taken place. Just a teaser!
For now, I'm going to show mostly tight shots of the clever ideas thought up by homeowners and their architects to solve some of the problems one might encounter in daily meal preparation. I hope you get some great take-away ideas!
Let's start with the above kitchen.
I love this use of the small amount of space next to the fridge for cookbooks. Books add warmth to any space, and in this case, lots of wonderful color.
If you look at both of the above photos, you'll see light streaming in above the cabinets. The homeowners added clerestory windows above the upper cabinets for a light-filled kitchen.
The homeowners in this kitchen wanted to make use of every inch of space in their custom-built island, so they turned the leftover six inches on the backside into a place to display cookbooks in an unusual way -- so the covers can be seen.
In the front of the island, the down draft for the cook top might normally prevent storage issues, but the homeowner asked the architect to design a drawer to get around the problem.
Don't forget the pets! In this kitchen, the homeowners had a drawer insert designed specifically to fit a bin of dog food.
Installing a power strip under the cabinets lets one place appliances anywhere on the counter top. For DIYers, this would also be an easy way to avoid working around outlets while installing a backsplash.
Do you not love the apothecary cabinets that sit directly on the counter top in this kitchen? Beautiful symmetry and light-filled storage.
Near the second of two sinks (this one closest to the pantry and fridge) there is a pull-out for large appliance storage.
This kitchen was recently featured in Sunset magazine. Here, the homeowners used open shelving to the left of the range for an aesthetically pleasing way to display dishes. What makes it clever is that it's a cost-saving alternative to installing upper cabinets.
If you are local, there are plenty more clever details in these beautifully designed kitchens to see in person.
You can pre-purchase tickets to the Rockridge Kitchen Tour which takes place Sunday, October 2nd from 12:30 to 5:30 pm. Proceeds will benefit the Rockridge Community Planning Council to support a variety of community activities and improvements.
For those of you who can't see it in person, I'll do another post of some of my favorite kitchens after the event is over.
Thank you to Natalie Mehta for providing photos!
Update: To see more pictures of these kitchens post-tour, click here.