Light-Flooded Kitchen with Flow
The project started a few years after Susan and Bob relocated from New York to their traditional-style house in the Hollywood Hills, where they often host family and large groups of guests. “I love to cook, and I love to entertain,” enthuses Susan.
The couple paid their dues, making do with a small utilitarian kitchen with ubiquitous white cabinets. “It was fine,” says Susan, revealing her good-sport attitude, but it was clear that efficiency and flow were lacking. Both Susan and Bob were ready for an expanded space that would work efficiently, blend with the rest of the house, and connect outside to a new deck.
“Coming from Manhattan apartment living, I wanted to max out every square inch of space,” says Susan. To make that happen, the Feldmans and Smith put heads together to evaluate how Susan and Bob used the kitchen. Smith asked detailed questions, including where they entered the home; where they fed their dog, Maggie; where they put keys and bags; and where they charged their phones. “Flow is really important,” the designer explains. Based on those discussions, she separated the work zone from the eating and landing areas around the table and bar to allow for easy movement.