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A Kitchen Renewed


The owner of this distinguished, late Victorian hated her kitchen. Insensitively remodeled in the 1980s, the kitchen was out of character with the rest of the house and dysfunctional. It also admitted very little light and took no advantage of a striking view towards the Boston skyline. A long-time employee of the Department of Energy, the owner also wanted a more efficient and healthier house overall.

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Speaking of that view...

We removed an arbitrary wall between the sink area and the range, refrigerator and breakfast table to create one unified kitchen area.

We then relocated the sink to a center island so that we could replace the small south facing window with a large sliding glass door out onto the deck and the view of the skyline.

We restored the Victorian sensibility to the kitchen by salvaging and reusing honey-colored southern yellow pine wainscoting, which we matched and extended to a window seat and laundry room door to create continuity and tie together new and old elements. The cabinets and counters have traditional styling in light colors to reflect the light from the new sliding doors deep into the space. Additional light from the rear utility stairs is brought into the space by means of a frosted glass door.

More prosaically,

but just as important to the client and the project team, we upgraded the insulation and air-sealing throughout the house to improve the home’s comfort and efficiency.

We love projects like this one, where we can address a major weak point in an otherwise great old house and turn it into a significant strength—creating a space that serves our clients well while also extending the useful life of the home for future generations.