Craftsman Charm – Part 2: The Kitchen Before & After

Several years ago, at an open house on a quiet tree-lined street in a suburb of Boston, a young couple fell in love with the classic details of this Craftsman Style home, and made the decision to move from their recently renovated urban condo. The 1921 home featured large graceful rooms, custom moldings and wainscoting, and a pristine original gumwood paneled living room and dining room, which the couple has since filled with Stickley and Harvey Ellis, among other period Arts & Crafts pieces.

In collaboration with the homeowners, Hundred Acre updated the details and finishes of the formal Front Entry, created a new layout to accommodate a first floor Powder Room and a custom wet bar, and designed a dream kitchen befitting this classic Craftsman.

Kitchen 2 East Before
Kitchen: Before


Kitchen 2 East
Kitchen: After

The original kitchen lacked storage and a functional layout, and the cabinet, countertop and flooring finishes were dated. We re-worked the layout so the main focal point became four Arts & Crafts style casement windows with views to the landscaped back garden. The new pro-style range and hood were also designed to be a centralized feature. We selected stained cherry cabinets with a simple shaker style profile to reflect the desired Craftsman style. Handcrafted bronze and glass pendants from Hubbardton Forge hang over the sink.

Kitchen 1 NorthEast Before
Kitchen: Before


Kitchen 1 NorthEast
Kitchen: After


Kitchen 3 Window Detail
Kitchen: Window Detail

On the south wall, we added two tall sage green pantry cabinets flanking the Dining Room entry to provide additional storage, and to add a pop of contrasting color to an otherwise entirely cherry kitchen. At the new back door, we designed a small mud room area with a slate tile floor and built-in upholstered bench for hanging coats and storing shoes.

Kitchen 4 South Before
Kitchen: Before


kitchen 4 South
Kitchen: After


Kitchen 5 Bench Detail
Kitchen: Bench Detail


Kitchen 6 Pantry Detail
Kitchen: Pantry Detail

The new kitchen layout also includes a peninsula with Craftsman style brackets, and seating for the owners to enjoy small meals with views to the back garden. A new window brightens up the corner and sheds light on Black Cambrian antiqued granite countertops and a handmade glass mosaic backsplash.

Kitchen 7 North before
Kitchen Before


Kitchen 7 North
Kitchen: After


Kitchen 8 West
Kitchen: After


KItchen 9 Peninsula Detail
Kitchen: Peninsula Detail


Check back next week for Part 3 of Craftsman Charm where we will feature the Wet Bar and Powder Room!


Architecture and Interior Design: Hundred Acre Design

General Contractor: Britton Homes

Cabinetry: Ashland Cabinet

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