Modern Design Blog

Santa Clara kitchen remodel

Before & After Kitchen Remodel: Santa Clara, CA

A townhouse kitchen gets a full remodel to embrace more contemporary aesthetics and functionality.

  • Cabinetry: Snaidero’s CODE in Beton Oak Melamine, Arctic White Glossy Glass, and Cedar Green Gloss Lacquer
  • Backsplashes: Antique Brown Granite
  • Countertops: Antique Brown Granite
  • Appliances: Miele refrigerator, oven, cooktop and dishwasher.  Zephyr “Wave” hood.

Interview with the kitchen designer: Michael Glasser of Studio Snaidero Bay Area

Before the kitchen remodel

What were the main issues of the old kitchen that the homeowners wanted to change?    

Everything!  The cabinetry and appliances were very pedestrian and low quality, so we changed those along with plumbing fixtures, ventilation system, countertops, backsplash, flooring, and lighting. The homeowners were previous clients of mine and already owned a Snaidero kitchen. They wanted the same style and quality in their townhouse.

Functionally, what were the “must-haves” and challenges of the kitchen remodel?    

  • As the space is rather compact, providing adequate storage and enhanced accessibility to it was paramount.  Snaidero’s sophisticated storage systems enabled me to maximize the efficiency of every available cubic centimeter.
  • Upgraded appliances. There were some major technical challenges that had to be met in order to provide the ventilation system and mechanical services for the appliances.  We could only make limited changes due to restrictions in a multi-unit complex.

Aesthetically, what kind of “feel” did the homeowners want to create for the kitchen?  

Being European, they have very contemporary taste in furnishings and art.  The visual impact was very important, especially since the kitchen is open to the main living area of the home.

They were looking for a very modern, dramatic and colorful kitchen to create a light, almost whimsical space.

The finished kitchen remodel

What made Snaidero’s CODE cabinetry line a perfect fit for the project?  

The freedom it affords to mix and match multiple finishes.  The homeowner loves to be different, and the kitchen now has the bold appearance of the rest of the furniture in her home.

As a designer, what is your favorite part about this kitchen and why?  

The mix of finishes, without question. They each add a layer of character to the kitchen.

The Beton Oak Melamine base cabinets impart an industrial dynamic (they look like stripped concrete forms), contrasting with the mirror-like sophistication of the Arctic White Gloss Glass wall units and the unexpected splashes of Cedar Green Gloss Lacquer.  

All different, but meshing together in perfect harmony.

Kitchen remodel with green cabinets


Corporate showrooms:

Snaidero USA Los Angeles  |  Snaidero USA Coral Gables  |  Snaidero USA New York

Full list of our 21 kitchen showrooms in the Americas.