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Contemporary Berkeley Remodel - Kitchen / Bath / ADU

LMB Interiors brought me in on this project for one of their wonderful clients. We took a space that was already nice and turned it into an elegant escape with beautiful warm tones of walnut and accents of brass. The kitchen showcases Randall Wilson and Sons, true craftmanship at its finest with the expansive walnut butcher block Island that bolsters substantial cantilevers, constructed in walnut at 1-inch thick to match the stone countertops.

At 4’ x 14’ long, Randall used Safe Board aluminum honeycomb core and 1/16-inch walnut veneer for a stable and rigid unit! We opened the kitchen by tearing down a load bearing wall, keeping its integrity by encasing the post with fluted walnut. The result was fluid lines of sight, tying the kitchen, dining room, and lounge area together.

Contemporary elegance can be seen in the custom walnut bookcase divider that spans from floor to ceiling in the dining room, giving the space interest and intrigue. Blending the transition between the wood floors and the kitchen’s large format tile was a practice of patience and skill. The finished result is a wonderous craft of many mediums offering warmth to this immaculate home. Glancing from the kitchen the powder room looks like a true art piece with fine floral wallpaper and large basin sink.

In the basement, a flood recked havoc, thus triggering the need for an elaborate repair. I found the state of the client’s basement in shambles with parts dismantled and scattered in stacks of various components left by the remediation company. With no real plans, I worked tirelessly to put the pieces of this puzzle back together.

We took the opportunity to add beautiful new hardwood floors in the living room, kitchen, bedrooms, and stairs. We installed new tile floors in the bathrooms, and worked with the original cabinet manufacturer, Precision Cabinets, to rebuild and reinstall almost the entire base level of cabinetry. We successfully salvaged and reused the Quartz countertops. All doors and trim throughout the basement needed to be replaced due to water damage along with the bottom 2’ of drywall. In short, we ended up having a full overhaul of the space with new paint, etc.

Location: Berkeley, CA
Designer: LMB Interiors
Cabinetry: Wilson & Sons, Inc.
Kitchen Photos: Mo Saito Photo styling: Jason Jackson and LMB Interiors

Special thanks to our team: Laura Martin Bovard and Hannah Gipperich of LMB Interiors, Old Town Electrical; Greg Rossi Tile; Albini Hardwood Floors, Inc.; Gutierrez Painting, Co.; Marble European Style, Inc.; Travalini, Inc.; Patriot Mechanical, Inc.; Berkeley Glass; Carrillos Iron Works; Armando Plastering; Plumbing Pro; Truitt & White Windows, and Doors; Sontag Construction, Inc.; McHale’s Environmental Insulation, Inc.