Kitchen Remodel in San Francisco's Noe Valley

  • Our clients' home did not have an adequate space for a formal dining area. We proposed a custom-built picnic table - it does double duty as an informal dining area as well as an additional work surface for the kitchen.
    Our clients' home did not have an adequate space for a formal dining area. We proposed a custom-built picnic table - it does double duty as an informal dining area as well as an additional work surface for the kitchen.
  • A full-depth pantry cabinet next to the fridge adds tons of storage, while pull-out trays in the lower portion of the cabinet prevent the homeowners from bending too low to grab what they're looking for.
    A full-depth pantry cabinet next to the fridge adds tons of storage, while pull-out trays in the lower portion of the cabinet prevent the homeowners from bending too low to grab what they're looking for.
  • Notice the beam running down the center of the ceiling - this was once a wall between the cramped kitchen and the informal living area of the home. By removing this wall, we were able to create a large open space that is perfect for entertaining.
    Notice the beam running down the center of the ceiling - this was once a wall between the cramped kitchen and the informal living area of the home. By removing this wall, we were able to create a large open space that is perfect for entertaining.
  • These corner cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen, and appropriate for glass doors. The other wall cabinets hide the more mundane, everyday dishes. This kitchen was completed with Drafting Cafe's own line of semi-custom cabinets.
    These corner cabinets are the focal point of the kitchen, and appropriate for glass doors. The other wall cabinets hide the more mundane, everyday dishes. This kitchen was completed with Drafting Cafe's own line of semi-custom cabinets.
  • This kitchen was completed with Drafting Cafe's own line of semi-custom cabinets.
    This kitchen was completed with Drafting Cafe's own line of semi-custom cabinets.
  • The pull-out trays in the bottom of the deep pantry cabinet save the homeowners from bending over too far to find what they need.
    The pull-out trays in the bottom of the deep pantry cabinet save the homeowners from bending over too far to find what they need.
  • Drafting Cafe collaborated with Sway Studio for the interior design. The informal living area next to the kitchen is the most comfortable spot in the house.
    Drafting Cafe collaborated with Sway Studio for the interior design. The informal living area next to the kitchen is the most comfortable spot in the house.
  • Drafting Cafe collaborated with Sway Studio for the interior design. These pendants above the picnic table make a typically transient piece of furniture feel more permanent.
    Drafting Cafe collaborated with Sway Studio for the interior design. These pendants above the picnic table make a typically transient piece of furniture feel more permanent.

When our client purchased this home in San Francisco's Noe Valley in 2012, the kitchen was a poorly lit, secluded space isolated from the rest of the house. We quickly knew what needed to be done - the wall between the informal living area, and the small kitchen window both needed to go away. The window was moved more towards the center of the kitchen, so that the view was out towards the city and not into the stairs from the deck above. The wall, as you can see, completely went away. This instantly created a large open space, perfect for entertaining.

Because the homeowner took to using the existing dining room as an additional bedroom, we needed to tap our creativity for a new dining area. We opted for a custom built picnic bench - while remaining functional as both an eating area and a work surface, it also offers a level of intimacy with guests that a traditional dining room could never hold a candle to.