"I love my kitchen – and I appreciate so much Amanda’s work in figuring out how to do all that I wanted in it – but I think I love it even more because the process of creating it was such a happy one." Maureen Kelly
Kitchen w/View to Utility Closet Before
Kitchen w/Utility Closet Removed After
Sink Area Before
Sink Area After
Same Wall After
Fold-out Table Top
The kitchen in this late nineteenth century farmhouse had been poorly renovated in the 1960’s. The finishes, appliances and vinyl floor lacked quality and were outdated. The low ceilings and stained wood paneling made the space feel dark and uninviting. Our job was to transform this space into a bright, beautiful kitchen offering all of the modern conveniences while achieving the timeless look this home deserved. We incorporated the adjacent utility room into the new kitchen design. Larger windows were installed to take advantage of the expansive garden views and capture natural light. We raised the ceiling and widened the cased opening between the kitchen and dining room. Wood floors replaced the vinyl to match the existing floors throughout the house. The dark pine cabinets and paneling gave way to, classic white units with a white subway backsplash tile to brighten the space. Bead board and glass-front cabinets were combined with the simple Shaker-styled door panels to create visual variety. The island, designed to look like a piece of furniture, was stained dark charcoal and houses the downdraft cook top, valuable storage space, and a custom fold- up table top. Honed marble countertops were chosen for their “old feel.” The deep counter above the front-loading washer and dryer can be used as additional counter space when not needed for folding laundry. The built-in cabinetry above, gives the homeowner a prominent place to display pieces from her collections of family heirloom china. Other features of this kitchen include tall pantry cabinets and a built-in desk. This beautiful new kitchen now feels like it belongs in this historic home. It went from being the least inviting space in the house to the heart of this home.