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.