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In the new open-plan interior, a
marble-topped island for the gal-
ley kitchen is fitted with painted
steel Henrybuilt storage drawers
and doubles as a parapet wall for
skylit stairs that dip down to the
lower level. Bottom right: Small
rooms in the old interior.
Clockwise from top: The front room
above the garage has a ceiling-mounted
fireplace; the central kitchen island
extends seamlessly to form a breakfast
counter; the facade looks unchanged
because the garage extension has a red
tiled roof that matches the original roof.
of the new vaulted space illuminates the reorganized interior. This main
floor with fresh white painted Sheetrock walls is split into two long, front-to-back parallel public and private wings. Pocket doors along the central
spine conveniently shut off the entire three-bedroom wing during parties.
In the new open-plan public wing with unfettered sight lines from front
to back, the living room up front flows toward a central galley kitchen
containing a 20-foot-long marble island that doubles as breakfast table
and place for rolling out pastry. The island also cleverly functions as a
railing for the skylit stairs that lead down to the enlarged two-car garage,
a playroom and a guest room.
The new kitchen “was our biggest splurge,” Chambers says, as Vernachio,
president of the Mountain Hardware clothing company, likes to cook at
home and entertain. “I also cook, but my Italian husband is a badass chef,”
she adds. “He goes to farmers’ markets, reduces sauces, makes his own
pasta, sears, grills, bakes; he does it all.”
Tough, powder-coated steel kitchen cabinets by Henrybuilt were ordered
at the company’s Mill Valley showroom, which Chambers discovered
during her search for “fuss-free materials,” she says. “These modern metal
cabinets are beautifully made and not sterile.” In fact, she became such a
fan of the brand she went with Henrybuilt cabinets throughout the house.
“They were great collaborators,” Pacheco says of Henrybuilt. “They took
my design, fleshed it out and manufactured it. Their craftsmanship makes
this kitchen a showpiece and a focal point. And it also cleans up really well.”
The adjacent dining area, with soaring ceilings, pushes out into the
rear extension, where retractable bifold doors by Corte Madera–based
Nana Wall easily open the space to the now much-used gray integrally
colored concrete patio and artificial lawn outside. New concrete steps link
the patio to raised alfresco dining terraces.
In a way, although the home has changed a lot, it has also become
more itself. “Its old Mediterranean look implied indoor/outdoor living,
but it did not have that,” Pacheco says. “We definitely brought that
aspect to the fore.” n