Eliminating a door swing can open the way to a much smarter kitchen. Witness Kelly McGinnis and Don Santel's Victorian-era home, in San Francisco, where the boxy cook space needed more function as well as guest-worthy style. Relocating the basement door elsewhere in the house, centering the foyer passageway, and grabbing about 2 feet from the dining room allowed architect Andre Rothblatt to create separate zones for cooking, cleaning up, and—Don's pet passion—fussing with the espresso machine.
In the upgraded and streamlined room, homeowner Don Santel pulls
up to the extra-long, marble-topped breakfast bar.Architect: Andre Rothblatt Architecture
, San Francisco, CA Interior designer:
Amanda Marmer, San Francisco, CA; 415-309-8429 General contractor: V & Co. Fine Builders
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