The owner’s respect for their historic home drove our design and construction goals: quality and craftsmanship true to the original style. Yet equally important for them was a kitchen suitable for family living. Beyond modern conveniences, they wanted a space that worked for their 9 children as well.
When our clients fell in love with this 1930s Tudor Revival home, it was because of the details: intricate custom millwork, hand-carved newel posts, bronze leaded optical-grade glass windows… even the roof gutters were a work of art! Plus, the home had plenty of room for their large family… all it really lacked was a modern, efficient and functional kitchen.
The end result is elegant, functional… and whimsical too! Here, a carved acorn sits atop an oak leaf scrolled newel post.
A hobbit door, designed for the smaller family members, opens to a cave-like space below the stairs. The humor of poison ivy carvings and a 2’ eye-level peak-a-boo door at the dog feeding station add a touch of childplay to the room.
A custom-built eucalyptus cabinet with apothecary drawers tucked off the grand hallway provides storage space for everything imaginable – tiny drawers hold rubber bands and balls, larger drawers below and doors above hold art paper, fabrics and an assortment of arts and crafts supplies.
The oak-lined mudroom was designed with storage in mind – plenty of coathooks, drawers and cubbies accommodate the seasonal accessories for this family of 11.
A testament to thoughtful design, meticulous craftsmanship and fully engaged owners, the finished space is much loved – and very much lived in – glowing from the warmth of the family within.