The original kitchen looked like a movie set out of some 1940’s depressing movie, but, as with the rest of this house…we saw it’s potential! Here are some before and after shots of the big kitchen project!
This picture shows the kitchen….facing the front of the house. To get to the front of the house you had to walk around the wall (directly behind that little white book case). Again, as with the connection from the Kitchen through the Pantry to the Family Room, we wanted to open things up! So we did!
Now, your sight line goes straight from the front door, past the foyer and front hall….
into this gorgeous new kitchen!
Talk about silk purses out of sow’s ears! To build the new kitchen everything was demolished to the studs, so virtually everything except one original pantry closet is new. The cabinets feature soft closing doors and drawers, crystal knobs, and are white with a mocha glazing. They feature “Antique Brown” granite counters. They may call it brown, but it is virtually black with amazing “movement” in the stone. For a counterpoint (pun intended) the center island cabinetry is black and topped with a huge white Carrara marble slab. The island also features a built-in microwave, storage and recycling drawers. Because we had to move walls we put in a brand a new Brazilian walnut 3/4 inch factory-finished floor. The original tin ceiling was too damaged to be saved so we went to our favorite Tin and Faux Tin provider and found a fabulous new pattern which we had never seen before….and which we loved!
The next picture shows the back of the old kitchen with a door to the old back porch. The door to the left was the old Butler’s Pantry (again, which we opened to the Family Room for a closer connection to the kitchen).
So we took out the doorway, & the porch wall, raised the floor and added all that unused space to the new kitchen in the form of a dining area with built-in banquet seating. The perfect place for the family to enjoy a meal as well as the perfect place for kids to hang out while dinner is being prepared! Note: as this area had been a porch with a lower ceiling we decided to continue the porch theme using bead board on the ceiling instead of “tin” which ties in perfectly to the beadboard backing for the banquet seating.
Fabulous isn’t it? BTW, the still life of pears on the wall is by the talented Setauket Long island artists Debra Malian-Seferian! Luckily she’s in the family (she’s Ken’s sister) and we benefit by having access to her work! Beautiful isn’t it? And we complimented it by putting a bowl of pears on the table below it! If you’d like to see more of Debra’s work, email her at DebsArtWork@hotmail.com
Here we have the Butler’s Pantry looking from the Family Room to the Kitchen….all connected now for modern living!
The following picture shows the original stove. We wanted to bring this to your attention for several reasons….first, because it had a ‘hood’ built directly above it which did not have any vent fan built within it…. we found this to be quite odd as there was nowhere for the smoke and smells to be released.
The 2nd reason that we bring it to your attention is because when rehabbing a house, you want to look and see what you can save. Not only is it greener….but it’s less expensive to use what you already have, n’est pas? So…our design includes saving the original hood and having our contractor extend it down (to that of a functioning hood height) and then trim it out with wood and molding which we specially ordered from the cabinet-maker when we placed the cabinet order. The result is a custom hood (to which we added a high capacity exhaust vent fan and stove lighting). Voila!
The kitchen is the focal point of most homes….and often what “sells” the house! Taking the extra time and care to create a modern and functional space while respecting the style of the house resulted in a stunning place for family and friends to enjoy for many years to come!