Joy Project

“This is a house in Orinda, very affluent East Bay town. The wood we selected is an African mahogany called khaya. I went through 5,000 board feet of lumber before I found what we needed for that kitchen. When you look at it, you notice the panels grew out of the same tree. It was a joy to do, and she loves to be in and use that kitchen. That’s really what I want to hear; I get paid again every time I talk to her, in a way. 

“The overall design itself is cool; for instance, there’s a hidden desk in it. You have to realize what kitchens do: they attract everybody in the house into them. If you’re trying to cook, you want seating around the perimeter, but not in your work area, so you can entertain but still do your work without interference.”

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