Kitchen Two-Step

Kitchen Two-Step

A family that cooks together — needs room to cook together. They are a big family with two cooks and numerous sous-chefs. But when the sous-chefs converge for family gatherings, the limited kitchen space prevents efficient and enjoyable interaction and the lack of dining spaces forces them to eat in separate areas or in shifts. The kitchen two-step provides a stage where everyone can perform!


Alamo Heights, Texas (Designed in 2008, Built 2008)


two stages

Personalized remodel!


1,176 SF kitchen, living, dining make-over

Client’s Style:



The Sketch

Lifestyle Features:
  • social kitchen to provide separate yet integrated food staging bar and cooking areas
  • built-in dining booth to increase seating and transition the two-level living area
  • food staging bar doubles as a dining bar
  • discrete, but accessible pantry
  • absorbed unused porch to create more usable living space
  • reclaim unused bar sink to extend countertop
  • large built-in entertainment center to integrate audio-visual equipment with the social living space
Environment Solutions:
  • reuse wall cabinets as built-in unit in dining room to preserve useful materials and create a centerpiece
  • reuse base cabinets to recycle useful products
  • replace outdated appliances with energy-star appliances to reduce energy consumption
  • reuse existing plumbing to limit slab demolition
  • minimize interior wall removal to expedite construction and reduce lifestyle disruption
Community Influence:
  • maintain colonial/georgian influence
  • match existing saltillo floor tile
  • maintain black appliances and white cabinets and granite counters

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