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Architect Visit: Mill Valley Kitchen by Studio Terpeluk

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Architect Visit: Mill Valley Kitchen by Studio Terpeluk

October 3, 2011

Architect Brett Terpeluk, of San Francisco’s Studio Terpeluk, is responsible for one of the loveliest restaurants in the city: Farina. The sleek, calm space is modern, but in a thoroughly hand-crafted way. One diner was so enamored of the space, she asked Terpeluk to help her remodel her kitchen at her own home in Mill Valley. To see how transformative the remodel was, take a quick peek at what the space looked like before (Studio Terpeluk: Mill Valley House Renovation)—and then marvel at the current kitchen.

Photography by Joe Fletcher.

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Above: The renovated kitchen features a center island, topped with Carrara marble, and reclaimed Eastern walnut flooring.

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Above: Terpeluk added floor-to-ceiling casement windows, which flood the kitchen with natural light. Originally, the idea was to have custom window frames made of blackened steel with a wax finish, but they would have been too hard to maintain on the exterior. A low-maintenance—and less expensive—alternative turned out to be Bonelli Series 700 frames of anodized aluminium with a bronze finish.

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Above: Terpeluk used a professional-style Blanco Meridian Kitchen Faucet with Pull-Down Spray (157-140) and a stainless-steel Julien 3290 Undermount Classic Sink.

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Above: The foot rails are custom-made from blackened steel.

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Above: Unlike typical marble countertops, this one does not have an additional piece of marble affixed to its edge to make it look thicker; Terpeluk specified that it should be left plain, with a hammered edge, for its clean simplicity. The pendant light is the Ameico Mega-Bulb Pendant.

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Above L: Terpeluk used Bendheim Clear Seeded Glass for the cabinets; the delicate swirls and patterning are created by forcing air into glass in its molten state.
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Above R: The custom cabinetry was coated in Benjamin Moore conversion varnish in Steel Wool with an eggshell finish. Conversion varnish has a flatter finish than glossy lacquer, but it also has the advantage of being more durable and chip resistant than lacquer. The hardware pulls are Hafele 106.09.601 Zinc Handles.

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