Imagine involving 30,000 people in designing your new kitchen. Sunset Magazine and DeMattei Construction did just that to build the Sunset Magazine 2009 Dream Kitchen of the West. A veteran of building custom homes, seven of which are built for Sunset magazine, Mark DeMattei and the folks at Sunset offered readers the chance to weigh in on how to build the "ultimate entertainer's home" from cabinet styles to paint colors to the layout itself. The results are simply stunning.
Located in the Rose Garden neighborhood of San Jose, the new construction 5 bedroom, 4 bath Craftsman style home blends well with the upscale neighborhood. The home on Morse Street is laid out thoughtfully with plenty of natural light, emphasizing California's indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
Attention to luxury details is what sets this home apart. For example, the master bath featured a large frameless shower and jetted tub with beautiful tiles made by Ann Sacks. The bathroom was completed with Kohler hardware and custom cabinets. I could see myself soaking in this tub after a long day at work and never wanting to get out. The same treatment was given to the other three bathrooms, where the jack and jill shared bath featured marble floors and countertops, strong enough to handle a beating by a busy family.
I loved that the upstairs landing featured a built in desk, making use of often dead space. It is the perfect spot to place the family homework station, do bills or simply set up a nice vignette of collectibles.
The heart of the home is often the kitchen and this one did not disappoint. With more than 30,000 people voting on each feature, it would be hard not to be fantastic. I was immediately drawn in by the modern pieces that complimented the traditional craftsman style. The center island was oversized offering plenty of space to cook, serve food and have guests sit around comfortably. One of Food Network's stars could easily cook up their masterpieces on the GE Monogram professional grade appliances and still have plenty of space to display their creations. Picture Chef Emeril Legasi saying, "Bam! "
The counters and island are made of recycled Ceasarstone Quartz with infinity style edges, adding to the clean lines of the kitchen. The sparkle of the island's counters made a statement that this kitchen is indeed special. The backsplash featured more of Ann Sack's exquisite recycled glass tiles.
The kitchen's details are not only exquisite, but green! The butler's pantry cabinetry is pre-wired for warming drawers and are made of Teragren's bamboo. Most typical hardwood trees take more than 60 years to mature. Rapidly renewable bamboo is sustainably harvested between five to six years, leaving behind a thriving plant and new shoots – making them beautiful and good for the environment.
The kitchen opens up into the great room featuring a movable storage cabinet which doubles as a buffet or bar. The frosted glass top compliments the room's moss colored walls (Benjamin Moore Natura Paint). Another feature not to be missed is the one of kind limestone fireplace and mantle that is simply a work of art. It's crisp lines pay homage to the craftsman style, yet is distinctly modern. Beveled edges are seen throughout the home from the fireplaces, in the cabinetry to the Kohler kitchen sink.
As I think about how challenging it is to do any remodel and the multitude of decision that need to be made, it is easy to get overwhelmed without a little help. Did the 30,000 Sunset voters do a good job? Absolutely. Amazing kitchen aside, what I appreciate the most about this house was that it felt like a home and I could easily envision a regular family hosting a BBQ here, just as comfortably as a formal cocktail party. Isn't that what California living is all about?
You can read about more of the details and watch videos about the home and the process they went through to build the kitchen at the Sunset website and in the upcoming October 2009 issues of Sunset magazine.
(Photos courtesy of Valerie Mein, Realtor)