blue and white kitchen with butcher block island after a homegrown remodel
Photo: Ken Gutmaker

Getting the Family Involved

Having a designer in the family is always helpful, and so is having a handy dad—or two. When Elizabeth and Jeremy Noble got ready to gut the top-floor kitchen in their San Francisco rowhouse, they knew just whom to call, starting with Cousin Chad­, a.k.a. designer Chad DeWitt. DeWitt helped the couple, the parents of two young girls, reinvent the space and its adjacent sunroom to capture more light and create a more functional, easy-flowing feel. After a crew opened up the walls to replumb and rewire and moved an awkward staircase from the sunroom to the deck, Jeremy's dad offered to upgrade IKEA cabinet boxes with custom doors and drawer fronts, and Elizabeth's dad volunteered to paint them, using a brush in homage to the home's 19th-century roots. "We desperately needed a dishwasher," says Elizabeth, "but we had no desire to replace the Wedgewood stove." DeWitt ran ducts for a vent liner and an existing stove pipe through a new ceiling. Skylights and wider passageways brighten the space, and the sunroom is now a breakfast room. "We can fold back the glass doors to the deck," says Elizabeth, "and have room for the whole family."

Opened up to the sun, the galley kitchen is now blue and white and bright all over, with an existing vintage Wedgewood stove as its centerpiece.

Cabinet boxes, pantry, and sink:
Worktable: East Bay Restaurant Supply, Oakland, CA;
Undercounter keg:
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