We met the owner of this charming Upper Cape cottage when she bought one of our custom kitchen islands a few years back. We realized we shared a similar design aesthetic and began work on a fresh new design for the outdated kitchen in her treasured vacation home.
Given that the kitchen was housed in a single story structure with a steep gabled roof, we immediately decided to remove the existing low ceiling to create a light and open cathedral space. Reclaimed pine beams that were installed as structural ties, along with the painted shiplap boards that clad the gable ceiling, helped to define the modern farmhouse feel that the client was hoping for.
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We added a larger window with an arched transom above the fireclay farm sink to let the summer light pour in.
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The homeowner’s collection of vintage accessories and light fixtures complement the classic white shaker style cabinets and soapstone countertops.
This 3’x6′ kitchen island was custom made using a salvaged 3-1/2″ thick solid maple butcher block top, and vintage industrial steel machine legs. It features a large working metal drawer salvaged from the historic Worcester Vocational High School. The island is 36″ high (countertop height) and the top is finished with tung oil for a food-safe prep surface.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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