Vintage Kitchen Remodel
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The homeowners came to us looking to update the kitchen in their historic 1897 home. The home had gone through an extensive renovation several years earlier that added a master bedroom suite and updates to the front façade. The kitchen however was not part of that update and a prior 1990’s update had left much to be desired. The client is an avid cook, and it was just not very functional for the family.
The original kitchen was very choppy and included a large eat in area that took up more than its fair share of the space. On the wish list was a place where the family could comfortably congregate, that was easy and to cook in, that feels lived in and in check with the rest of the home’s décor. They also wanted a space that was not cluttered and dark – a happy, light and airy room. A small powder room off the space also needed some attention so we set out to include that in the remodel as well.
See that arch in the neighboring dining room? The homeowner really wanted to make the opening to the dining room an arch to match, so we incorporated that into the design.
Another unfortunate eyesore was the state of the ceiling and soffits. Turns out it was just a series of shortcuts from the prior renovation, and we were surprised and delighted that we were easily able to flatten out almost the entire ceiling with a couple of little reworks.
Other changes we made were to add new windows that were appropriate to the new design, which included moving the sink window over slightly to give the work zone more breathing room. We also adjusted the height of the windows in what was previously the eat-in area that were too low for a countertop to work. We tried to keep an old island in the plan since it was a well-loved vintage find, but the tradeoff for the function of the new island was not worth it in the end. We hope the old found a new home, perhaps as a potting table.
Designed by: Susan Klimala, CKD, CBD
Photography by: Michael Kaskel
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After: Klimala stripped the kitchen down to the studs and removed the soffits. She also added new semicustom maple cabinets in a mushroom colour that complements the soft beige walls (Tapestry Beige by Benjamin Moore). Off-white trim (Decorator’s White by Benjamin Moore) coordinates with glazed white ceramic backsplash tile and marble-look quartz countertops for a fresh, inviting transitional style. Floating wood shelves have black iron brackets that add a retro look, along with the classic white subway tiles that cover the backsplash.