How does one impart age to a newly constructed kitchen, while better connecting interiors to the land?
Add time worn elements + more windows. Bring natural materials indoors. Stir.
Thus was the design recipe for MEADOW HOUSE, one of our current renovation projects.
This shingle-clad home was large and newly built, but the buyers fell in love with the property's wild grasses, mature trees and open meadow views.
KITCHEN - BEFORE
The former wall of upper kitchen cabinets blocked meadow views and sunshine.
I was brought onto the project as the Kitchen was being opened up and gutted to the studs.
(Materials were salvaged for reuse elsewhere.)
KITCHEN FLOOR PLAN
I redesigned the Kitchen with a grander feel befitting this large country home. The layout is now symmetrical and centered on three new windows. To maximize light, views, and connection to adjacent Family Room, upper cabinets were banished. Instead, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry on an opposite interior wall and under-counter drawers will provide copious storage throughout. Dashed lines indicate the addition of ceiling beams aligned with the windows.
NEW WINDOW WALL
What a beautiful difference the new window openings make.
STORAGE WALL ELEVATION
New stone alcoves will house tall furniture-like pantry cabinets, refrigerator/freezer, drawers and open shelving.
The middle opening to the Entry Hall will be wrapped in stone, and topped with a wooden lintel to match the beams.
Stone arches and wood details bring outdoor elements in -- lending patina while honoring the architectural traditions of Shingle homes found throughout New England.
KITCHEN - IN PROGRESS
The stone walls make this new house feel like it has been here for years. The rest of the palette complements the stone colors and textures. Flush inset cabinetry crafted by Michael Humphries is painted in Farrow & Ball's Mouse's Back, and accented with hand-forged antique gold hardware. Custom grey floor finish anchors the space. Integral-color plaster clads the walls, ceiling and custom range hood.
FAMILY ROOM ELEVATION
The stone walls continue into the Family Room.
I designed the built-in banquette and bookcases off the main seating area as an extra perch for relaxing and enjoying the landscape.
FAMILY ENTRANCE / MUDROOM
I found early wooden lockers that are now built in to the family Entry area, set into plaster wall and lit like a piece of art with a single picture light. Reclaimed antique terra-cotta tiles from Paris Ceramics are a durable choice for this high traffic area. They'll also add warm tones that complement the lockers' original worn paint and mesh panel details.
Even the Mudroom / Pool Bath will bring the outdoors in, with cedar shingles above a planked wainscot. I often include interior windows in designs, like this circular charmer, as a way to share light between spaces. A sweet enamel sink from England and utility faucet epitomize humble simplicity. Wall-mounting both sink and toilet make the compact room feel spacious.
As renovation nears completion (I will share more in other posts), I now have the privilege of furnishing this beautiful house for my lovely clients.
It is a pleasure to be collaborating with the talented teams at Dewing Schmid Kearns architecture and Merz Construction on this project. I look forward to sharing updates with you on MEADOW HOUSE and other projects soon.
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