We have a kitchen remodel getting close to wrapping up here in Santa Barbara. The dated kitchen and appliances were due for a update and we were asked to create an economic re-design of this large kitchen with a beautiful view out over the pool area towards the ocean. We responded by suggesting that the footprint of the kitchen remain the same and the locations of the plumbing fixtures and major appliances remain to avoid costly changes to the plumbing and electrical system. Secondly we recommended not changing the granite countertop which are nice dark shade but swapped out the cabinet fronts and side panels to upgrade the appearance. We added new cabinet doors with glass to further open up and “lighten” the feel of the kitchen while allowing for display of platters/bowls etc. All the cabinet doors and drawers received new soft close hinges and rails which adds to the level of quality expected in a project like this. We replaced the old under cabinet lighting with new efficient LED linear fixtures that are placed to not have hot and cold spots in the light pattern. We then removed the old gas cooktop and cut the counter top and removed the lower cabinet to allow a new 36″ dual fuel Wolf Range to slide in. We then removed the old cabinet mounted noisy exhaust fan and upper cabinet to expose the wall to emphasize the height of the ceilings. This gave us the opportunity to create a boldly tiled backsplash that would play off the clean lines of the appliances and the more traditional cabinets. We looked at many tile samples that ranged from ceramic tiles to cement tiles from Granada Tile but went with a handmade tile with a lithograph print produced by Cle Tile that took the design to another level. Take a look at the progress photos and let us know what you think!