Addressing present-day needs while honoring historic character.
The owner of this distinguished Somerville late Victorian hated her kitchen. Insensitively remodeled in the 1980s, not only was the kitchen jarringly out of character with the rest of the house, it failed to take any advantage at all of a striking view towards the Boston skyline. There were two pinch points: an arbitrary wall with an opening that separated the sink area from the range, refrigerator, and breakfast table; and a porthole of a window above the sink that was all there was to let in the southern light and view. As a long-time employee of the Department of Energy, the owner wanted not just a new kitchen, but a more efficient and healthier house overall.