Traditionally, historic homes go through a series of bad remodels. However, this one was a time capsule that hadn't gone through those "terrible teenage years." The current owners were the perfect couple to move into this house and shine it up, nip n tuck where required and breathe new life into it. The kitchen was completely gutted and expanded, a new office was tucked into the attic and new ceilings, beams, crown molding and cabinets were added throughout the house. Documenting existing details, cabinetry design, wood species and hardware was critical in knitting the home to its past. By reusing the existing language and plugging in new Tudor details, where required, allows the new space to feel effortless, cohesive and a bit more refined.
This remodel is a good example of the change in perception there has been about ramblers in recent years. Instead of knocking them down or doing a complete style make over, more and more people have started to appreciate the efficient plan layouts and simple aesthetics of ramblers. The owner in this case wanted to update the kitchen and integrate it to the rest of the house, along with an entry foyer, all in keeping with its original charm.
This 1939 Cape Cod Kitchen remodel solved a lot of the problems an old house inherits. The kitchen was closed off both visually and physically to the surrounding spaces. It lacked good efficient storage and the ability to function both intimately when it is just the family of four or absorb a large group for a party without feeling too big or too small. It also needed to address the closed off staircase that felt like an afterthought. By opening up the walls and staircase it allowed circulation to navigate thru the kitchen. Activating the space and allowing the Kitchen to position itself as the true center of the home. While taking its nod from the existing unique architectural details and retaining as much of the existing architectural character and charm. The new kitchen feels new and old at the same time. While all of its problems were solved, it doesn't feel like an obvious remodel. It flows effortlessly into the other spaces, visually, physically and architecturally.
This 1930's Cottage had plenty of existing square footage. It needed quality of space over quantity of space. Since both clients work out of their home they were desperate for an efficient office. Taking the existing basement down to its bare bones allowed the homeowners to start with a clean slate. Nodding to its 1930's roots reclaimed wood of the same age was incorporated into the staircase and mud room bench. By using these materials, the staircase and bench felt more authentic to the house. Painted wood walls were added with a decidedly modern twist by running the boards horizontally.