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Is it a kitchen? Or a sculpture?

Stevenson1_2If you’ve got some extra cash in your jeans, you could do worse that giving yourself a kitchen remodel that’s also an artwork, like this beauty I visited in San Luis Obispo. The owner is a collector of local art, and works with the local art museum, so it was natural for her to hire a Cal Poly graduate, artist and architect Bruce Tomb, and Atascadero green builder Turko Semmes to create a masterpiece.

Stevenson2_2Some fun facts: The yellow around the stove, including the walls and ceiling under the soffit, is Corian. The shelf unit on the right is steel, with one side holding up the counter and kitchen sink and the other side serving as a bookcase and entertainment center for the family room. The stainless steel bands on the ceiling show where walls were removed, and the metal post on the left has a structural as well as a decorative purpose.

The room could seem cold, but the Douglas fir cabinetry, a natural cork floor and a wall of windows at one end, open to the garden and mountain views, make this a feel-good space.

Your thoughts on it?

(Photos: Bruce Tomb)

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