Physician Couple Embraces High-Tech for Chef-Worthy Redos
Story by Susie Tommaney | Photos by Benjamin Hill Photography
Randy Godeau, owner of Bay Area Kitchens, and Scott Haig, CKD, just finished co-designing a stunning new open-concept kitchen that interacts beautifully with the home’s architecture and bow windows. It’s hard to believe that this chef-worthy makeover started out as a dark, closed-in space that was isolated from the main living area.
Homeowners Jeremy Slater and Dawnelle Schatte, both physicians, appreciated Godeau’s keen eye and tasked Bay Area Kitchens with creating multiple work zones, providing innovative storage solutions and installing more sophisticated appliances. Lastly, they needed to help their daughter — who has intellectual and developmental disabilities — become more functionally independent.
A solution was found that opened up multiple walls and reimagined the whole layout, even down to replacing multiple floor surfaces with a unifying tile plank flooring with a wood-like finish. The kitchen’s countertop — using white Cambria Brittanicca™ engineered quartz — follows gentle angles toward the center of the new space and finishes with a live edge in natural solid walnut by Grothouse™ (based out of Pennsylvania), covering a beverage refrigerator. Bar stools flank one side of the counter, including a section with another live edge, this time elevated. The design allows the family to look out at the living room or back towards the informal breakfast nook.
The walnut cabinets by Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry have been finished with a medium gray stain and feature adjustable shelves, one-inch thick doors, concealed soft-close hinges and clever storage solutions, like a shelf that can hold a tall mixer that will slide out and up to counter height.
Smart technology can be found in the appliances. “The 48 inch Wolf gas range top features six large burners and a flat-top infrared griddle,” says Godeau. A Wolf combination convection oven has been installed above another Wolf oven that features dual VertiCross convection blowers for even heat distribution. The Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer has a separate cooling system for each compartment and its purification system removes gases, allowing produce to last longer.
“Their Sub-Zero and Wolf appliances employ smart technology to control things like oven modes, functions and temperature, regulate refrigerator temperature and other functions, and will alert you when the air or water purification systems need cartridge replacements,” says Godeau. “It can also automatically order replacement cartridges for you.”
A state-of-the-art LED lighting system illuminates the countertops and glass fronted cabinets, while high-output LED recessed cans light the kitchen and other living spaces. “An automated system controls all the lighting in the main living spaces using the wall-mounted keypads or a phone app,” says Godeau, who says they also concealed a stereo sound system in the cabinets utilizing Bluetooth technology.
Gone are the days when the homeowners had to cook holiday dinners in shifts or take turns in the kitchen if all four children were trying to help. As for their daughter who needs to become more independent, mission accomplished.
“We picked the fridge having the motor on the top instead of the bottom so she can reach most of the shelves,” says Schatte. “We put the microwave in a drawer in the island — thanks [to Godeau] for that idea — so that she can reach and work it for herself.
“We have been stocking up on a ton of cookbooks and watching every episode of The Great British Baking Show, and we plan to work our way through Paul Hollywood’s recipes,” adds Schatte. “It is a happy place to bake!”
Bay Area Kitchens
17306 Highway 3, Webster