Room to Grow: Our Classic White Kitchen in Northshore Home Magazine
Sally and I are celebrating the arrival of summer (finally!) and the delightful story in Northshore Home magazine’s Summer 2017 issue about the classic white kitchen we designed for a young couple and their family in their newly purchased Colonial Revival style home in Newbury, MA.
Previously, this couple lived on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, but chose to move to the country to raise their family.
Their dream was to have a classic, refined white kitchen. See below for the *before* and afters…this was a remarkable transformation and we are grateful to the editors at Northshore Magazine for publishing it.
The kitchen was part of a larger addition/renovation for which our client retained a local architect, John Minton, and custom builder, Henry Becker. Our responsibility was to help plan and design the kitchen/pantry/powder room/mudroom areas.
Although the kitchen was vintage charming in its* before incarnation*, as you can see below, it wasn’t what our clients dreamed of having. Both cooks, they wanted a classic white kitchen where they could both comfortably cook at the same time.
One of the first major design decisions we made was to reorganize the area immediately adjacent to the dining room, where this kitchen used to reside, to create a powder room, walk in pantry and mud room.
The large center island was designed to do two things.
- Clearly define the cook’s area.
- Be the focal point of the kitchen as it is approached from the dining room.
Instead of a table with four chairs in the corner, Sally designed an eating area with a lovely built in banquette.
Our client was a young, active and growing family and they asked us to select materials and finishes that were good looking, while being durable and practical.
With that in mind, we suggested a stainless steel backsplash behind the stove. Easily cleaned, it also adds a touch of modernity. Spices and cooking utensils fall readily to hand to the right of the stove.
Drawers and cabinets to the left and right of the Thermador range (repurposed from the existing kitchen.), and in the island , contain the various pots, pans, baking pans and cookie sheets. The Grohe pot filler is perfect for their summer lobster boils.
With two cooks in the family, these sink/faucet combo’s are a perfect pairing. To maximize space, we designed custom cabinets that were fabricated by Becker’s cabinet shop.
The island, done in contrasting walnut, and topped with granite, is the perfect place for their kids to hang out while Mom and Dad prepare dinner.
No WKD blog post is complete without a sketch. Sally prepared this simple one to illustrate her concept for the banquet seating to our client. Her recommendation of Sunbrella fabric and faux leather for the upholstery make for easy maintenance. The floor is an American Olean porcelain tile.
Spanning the width of the house, the kitchen is flooded with bright daylight from sunrise to sunset and the screened in sunporch becomes an outdoor extension of the kitchen, enabling them to take full advantage of indoor/outdoor living during the summer months.
Our sincere appreciation to the editors of Northshore Magazine for featuring this kitchen and if you would like to see their whole article online, please click here.
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