Kitchen creations

Tour gives the public a look at how a few professionals would approach upgrades and remodels.

February 16, 2008|By Joyce Rudolph

Organizers of the Meet the Designers Burbank Kitchen Tour are giving a unique spin to their first home tour by offering homeowners a chance to ask professionals about their projects on site.

The Feb. 24 fundraiser, organized by Burbank Temple Emanu El Sisterhood, will begin with a luncheon and panel of professional kitchen designers, followed by a five-kitchen self-guided tour of renovated homes in the Burbank hills.

A professional will be stationed at each of the homes to answer questions. Three of the homes will have either an interior designer, a cabinet specialist or counter top specialist. At the fourth home, the owner, who designed his kitchen, will be there to answer questions.


Event organizer Laura Snow came up with the idea after learning so much from her own home’s remodeling project, which was completed in 2006, she said.

The sisterhood thought an event where the public could ask professionals questions would be very enlightening and would be different from other home tours in the area, Snow said.

“We’ve added the luncheon and panel discussion that will educate the attendees and will allow them to meet the designers who come up with these innovative kitchen designs,” she said. “We wanted to make it a fun, interesting and delicious event,” she said.

Proceeds will go to Burbank Temporary Aid Center, the winter homeless shelter at the Burbank Armory and toward remodeling the temple’s own kitchen, she said.

The five homes on the tour range from tract homes built in 1951 by the Ben Mar Hills Corp. to a modern grand estate, she said. Some have had moderately priced appliances, while others have top-of-the-line appliances. One home on the tour was upgraded but not totally renovated, she said.

Sitting on the designers panel are California Kitchens designer Denyse Barbas, of Van Nuys; interior designer and cookbook author Marlene Oliphant, of Glendale; and general contractor William Withers, of Burbank.

The three speakers will discuss designing a kitchen to meet the lifestyle of the cook, material choices and the differences between upgrading and remodeling, Snow said.

Withers and Oliphant will be at Snow’s home, which is on the tour, explaining their part of the renovation project, Snow said.

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