Column: Revitalizing kitchen in historical home


EXISTING KITCHEN: Built in 1916, this home located in the Meridian Kessler area featured many historical design elements including a maid’s quarters, butler’s pantry and a small kitchen. “Our house has been in the family for three generations. The last renovation was done in 1950. The cabinets were in bad shape and the layout no longer functioned well in today’s world. We wanted to modernize the kitchen with clean lines and a gray color pallet and preserve the historical look to be consistent with the rest of our home.”

OPEN-CONCEPT: The walls separating the kitchen, butler’s pantry and maid’s quarters were removed to create one large open space. A new beam was installed to support the second floor. Two double hung windows with colonial lights replaced the existing doors and helps fill the room with natural light.

CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS: The shaker style of the gray perimeter cabinets is clean lined, while the traditional hardware adds to the historic look. The large island features maple cabinetry in an “Arctic White” finish topped with black pearl granite. The island features plenty of seating space which allows the homeowners to mingle with guests while cooking for large parties.

CLASSIC FINISHES: The backsplash features traditional 3-by-6 “Ice White” subway tile with a contrasting gray colored grout. A Kohler apron front sink was chosen for its classic look and ability to easily wash large pots and pans. “The flooring was one of the most important details considered during the design phase. The rest of the first floor is all original wide plank peg and groove hardwood and we wanted to continue that look into the kitchen.” New engineered wood flooring blends perfectly with the existing hardwood and is more cost effective.

FINAL RESULT: “What we love most about the kitchen is the openness and the overall look. We love to cook and entertain. We can now do both of those things at the same time because of the open layout and extra seating at the island.”

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