White and Blue Kitchen

Charlestown, Massachusetts

The homeowners had a kitchen problem: a lack of storage and counter space and a circulation challenge from three doorways entering the small space. The space did not perform well nor did the aesthetics match the charm of the 19th century row house.

The effect of the renovation is a clean layout and transitional details that suit the historic features of the 19th century home and suit the homeowners lifestyle. Carrera marble counter tops and creamy white cabinetry sit on refurbished pine floors. The relocation of two doorways provide space for seating at a peninsula as well as a surface “command center” for recharging electronics.

The triple window replaces two double-hung windows and become a handsome focal point. The new window design also provides the wall space to accommodate the depth of the upper cabinetry. The creative design of a thin otos
wood wall offsets the garden stair and accommodates the depth of the refrigerator, pantry, and baking counter.

The painted blue cabinetry, designed to resemble an antique hutch, was made with a wood counter top, open shelves, and a tack-board. Originally designed with a knee-hole to serve as a small desk, but, then revised for use as a dog bed. Leo and Lola, a pair of Shih tzus, adopted from a family member, feel right at home in their new kitchen.

Fun fact: Awarded ASIDNE Excellence in Design Award 2013 – Residential Kitchen

Photos by Greg Premru