Historic Restoration and Renovation

A true marriage of old and new, this renovation shows off materials and craftsmanship as well as innovative design thinking while retaining the important details from the past.

The owners desired a well functioning kitchen and den, designed for 21st century needs for both workspace, appliances, cooking, storage, and family life. However, the continuation of the attention to detail, thoughtful design and respect for the architectural history of the house was paramount. A main focus of the effort was the removal, and careful stripping and restoration of the pine cabinetry in the former summer kitchen, as well as the removal and restoration of the American Walnut cabinet in the main kitchen space. These were painstakingly restored and returned to their historic locations  in the space. The den and kitchen were opened to one another (by removal of the chimney on that floor) while salvaging panel details from the door openings and re-using them on the beam soffit in the new space. The new kitchen cabinetry introduced interior wood detailing to add even more richness to the space.

Collaborators

Architecture and Design: Mindy O’Connor, Melinda Kelson O’Connor Design, LLC

General Contractor: Heacock Builders

Cabinetry: James Van Etten, Artisans In Wood

Period Furniture/Cabinetry Restoration: Callowhill Furniture

Architectural Photography: Wendy Concannon Photography