Expansion Plan


Geddes Ulinskas breathes new life into a outmoded kitchen

Photography by David Duncan Livingston

IN A 1933 abode in San Francisco’s Marina District, Geddes Ulinskas’ namesake architectural firm was tasked with bringing a dated kitchen into the 21st century. Working in conjunction with interior designer Elaine Murray, Ulinskas opened up the kitchen by removing a wall to accommodate an array of top-flight appliances, including a La Cornue stove as well as a Gaggenau espresso machine and ovens, all from the Purcell Murray showroom.

The duo deftly conjured a contemporary venue that imbues warmth and integrates traditional elements like crown molding. The decision to vary the look of the perimeter, island and beverage center is noteworthy. “When you have the same finishes, it creates this boxed-in effect,” explains Ulinskas. “By mixing up the textures, colors and finishes, it opens up the space and it feels more expansive.”

For instance, the perimeter’s white cabinets with black lacquered pulls are topped with marble. The beverage center features a rift-oak veneer. “Wine by nature has this romantic, rustic appeal, so that finish is perfect there,” observes Ulinskas. His renovation also introduced more light into the space with new windows and larger patio doors. “Before, it was a utility kitchen—a place you wouldn’t want to hang out or entertain in,” he says. “Now, it’s very inviting and actually a pleasure to be in.” – Anh-Minh Le