This kitchen remodel was performed on an eighth-floor condo overlooking the water in beautiful Marina Del Rey, CA. Although it was no doubt difficult for the construction crew – working in such a tall building and having to truck materials up the elevator usually is – the end result is stunning. If you want to get a little bit of California cool in your kitchen, here’s a quick guide to everything you’ll need (panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean not included).

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Image: Southwest Construction & Home Improvement

Custom Cabinets

The dark grain on these cabinets really sets the tone for the entire kitchen space. The color and the fogged glass fronts are subdued and classy. And the stainless steel hardware matches some other kitchen elements, tying the whole room together.

Stainless Steel Hardware

In addition to the cabinet handles, stainless steel features heavily in the rest of this kitchen. Notice the faucet and appliances. Stainless steel is extremely popular in kitchens today, probably because it looks sleek and modern and is easy to keep clean.

Solid Countertops

The days of tile and laminate are over. There are so many great choices for countertops these days, particularly those cut from a large single piece of material to create a solid countertop. In the case of this kitchen, they went with Caesarstone quartz countertops. The clean white finish of these counters plays beautifully off of the darker hues of the cabinets and stools. And the surface itself is sleek, durable, and built to last a lifetime.

The Little Things Make a Big Difference

The final touches on this kitchen are what separate good design from great design. The backsplash is perfect, inlaid with small horizontal tiles. They add just the right splash of color in this otherwise neutral kitchen palette. If you look closely, you’ll notice that the electrical outlets were also installed horizontally to blend with the backsplash. It’s little things like this that ultimately make the biggest difference in any room you decide to remodel.