The existing home is a traditional Victorian with large formal rooms and not much of a kitchen. A family room addition was added some time in the 1970’s and it lacked the character and soaring ceilings of the adjacent rooms. Off the kitchen there were two small rooms one a powder room and the other a back entry with some storage.
The goal was to create a new kitchen with as much natural light as possible, that was more open to the family room and reminded the owners of days spent in Italy
To achieve this, the powder room was relocated to the back stair hall area and the storage area was annexed into the main kitchen. We were able to raise the ceiling in the family room, maximize the height of the doors and windows and replaced a mock bay window in the family room with a true bay window to capture the views of the garden. Marble counters and island continue the theme and the large cooking hearth and hood complete it.
We integrated details from other rooms in the house and created a paneling system that matches the cabinets and maximizes storage. The paneling has hinges and touch latches that allow them to operate as doors for a pantry.
These sketches by Marvin Clawson illustrate the schematic ideas that were presented to and accepted by the client.
The next step was to create construction drawings and details so that the ideas could be built.
The powder room is truly special. A carved custom limestone sink was designed and built for the client and features a very unique wall mounted faucet. Limestone tile floors and base make you dream of the Roman holidays.
Hall bathroom renovations on the third floor features exposed plumbing, an original window to the home and hand painted Delft ceramic tiles. Custom millwork and terra cotta tile floors with radiant heat.