The kitchen has become the hub of family life, yet too often homeowners face the same reality as this client – a beautiful, historic home with an obsolete, cramped kitchen built for the needs of a bygone era.
Our population is living longer. With that comes a need to recreate homes so the residents can age in place, which is exactly what these clients were hoping to do when they asked for a three level elevator and wheelchair accessible deck to be added to their home. This is a historic home with many complex rooflines located on a steep site; there was a concern that the elevator addition could disrupt the look of the home if not handled properly.
Italian clients who both love to cook wanted to convert a dark, cramped kitchen into a modern, light-filled space with views overlooking the garden in their historic neighborhood. The renovation would also add a bluestone terrace with eating area and fire pit. Standing between dream and reality was a thick stone exterior wall and a poorly located powder room.
What many historic homes have in architectural character they often lack in flow between rooms. Like many other older homes, this historic stone house featured a kitchen intended for life with servants, not life with a modern family.
This beautiful and traditional home is built into a steep and heavily wooded slope. The interior, while having the wonderful and solid feeling of an older home, was quite dark. After evaluating several options to add a family room adjacent to the client’s kitchen, the best solution emerged, one that would take advantage of the beautiful woodland views at the rear of the house and bring abundant and much needed natural light inside.