Behind the Design of Mahoney Architect’s Number One Kitchen

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Behind the Design of Mahoney Architect’s Number One Kitchen

We have been building a presence on now for the past three years. It’s been great to share and receive such positive feedback about our work here at Mahoney Architects & Interiors and is also an easy way to hone in on personal design preferences. This one photo has been added to over 59,000 ideabooks alone.


The Tiburon, California residence was updated and expanded to suit this family of four and their dog.  The kitchen was designed to open up to the family room in an L-shaped layout with the breakfast area in the corner of the L so that one side of opens to the kitchen and the other side to the family room.

So why is it so universally appealing? Well, here are just a few elements folks in the Houzz community keep asking about:

  • The overall classic design appeals to many
  • White contemporary custom cabinetry
  • The contrasting kitchen island with matching eased edged, marble countertop
  • The trio of pendant lights that make a statement
  • Soft grey-green wall color
  • Medium toned wider plank wood floors – that stand up to whatever an active family can dish out
  • Dark wood bar stools
  • White subway tiles with herringbone backsplash behind the range


Aside from the finishes, there are some extremely important design decisions that breath life and flow into the layout. The kitchen island was designed with 36 inches of space between the counters and the island to work comfortably from one surface to another. 36 inches is gives enough room to walk freely without feeling cramped and allows ample room to open and close the oven door. The dishwasher was strategically placed so that the door will not block access to the island. Also a long open space between the kitchen and dining area allows traffic to flow freely. Lastly the peninsula creates a visual distinction between the kitchen and dining area without  interrupting or adding any visual obstacles.  The bar seating gives the kids a place to work on homework or guests a place to mingle while someone is working in the kitchen without being underfoot.