If the roll-up garage door doesn’t clue you in, the blue cabinets and oversize molding will: This kitchen is no ordinary Victorian galley.

Architect Chad DeWitt of Hwang DeWitt admits he prefers the sleek lines of modernism and the freedom of a healthy budget, but when a cousin and his wife approached him to design a kitchen for their San Francisco Victorian using limited funds, family ties meant he couldn’t say no. “But I warned them, it would be my version of a turn-of-the-century kitchen,” he says. “I wanted to push the boundaries.” By applying color, mod touches and smart design features, the architect gave them a kitchen whose form suggests Queen Victoria at her most proper, but whose details reflect the cutting-edge principles of architect Adolf Loos.

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