© 2019 Andrew Lee Architecture

grizzly peak boulevard

This project presented a special opportunity: to renovate the kitchen in a landmark home designed by Joseph Esherick, one of the leading architects of mid-20th century Bay Area modernism.  The owners agreed that the design should place a high priority on respecting the qualities of the existing space while updating the kitchen according to their lifestyle and tastes.


Carefully crafted, oversized folding shutters transmit light and views, while allowing for occasional separation of the kitchen from living areas. Exposed-edge plywood cabinets continue the restrained material palette; laminate panels, chosen by the owners, provide pops of color. Caesarstone and butcher block countertops and a ceramic tile backsplash are hardworking, durable finishes that provide a simple background.  The project received a Citation Award for design from the American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter.