Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Kitchens - Before and After

I get a lot of questions about the kitchens we've redone in these houses.  A local realtor told me I have a 'Signature Style' - which I thought was pretty funny, because I try to make each one unique!

But since it's so hard to search this blog to just see kitchens, I thought I'd pull all the Before & Afters  into one simple post.  There's a link to each one if you want to see more details, plans or information.  And I'll let you decide if there is a real Signature Style to them!

1900 Victorian Kitchen

This was the first house we renovated and in many ways it was the simplest kitchen.  We only had to move a few things, get rid of the drop ceiling, the vinyl floor and add an island.  Oh, and eliminate all the old knob and tube electrical wiring and tear out a load bearing wall.  The floor was in rough shape, so we had new red birch installed to blend with the original floors.  And of course we installed new cabinetry, countertops and details. maybe we did quite a bit of work!

Want to see the completed kitchen photos?  Click here.

Diamond in the Rough

Photo:  Jamie Salomon
On the other end of the complexity scale, was this 1930's kitchen.  This was one of our most dramatic transformations, in a foreclosure that had been vacant for a long time.  We had to move the bathroom out of the kitchen (the only bathroom in the house by the way), open up walls, find mysterious leaky pipes, rewire, replumb, move windows, you name it!  But when we were done - wow, what a change.  And the white and slate blue color palette really brightened up the former drab, dreary space.

Want to see more?  Click here for the kitchen design plan.  Click here for the before and after photos.

Ranch to Colonial Conversion

This kitchen was last updated in the early 70's.  It needed a dramatic update, so we removed the wall to the living room and tore out the dangerous staircase (door on the left) that led to the basement.  Suddenly it's a big open space, but has lots of traditional elements with salvaged antique beams, cream colored cabinets and Italian vintage style tile for the backsplash.
  Want to see more?  Click here.

New Englander

This 1892 kitchen had been updated a few times over the years.

My guess is the last time was in the 1980's.  For this update, we kept the efficient 'U' shaped layout and opened it up to the dining room, by removing a wall.  And in the process we discovered original wide pine flooring in the kitchen and a unique blend of maple and birch hardwood in the dining room.

Want to see more?  Click here for the design plan.  Click here for the before and after photos.

Craftsman Bungalow

Because we kept the maple cabinets in this bungalow (they were in nice shape) we thought it wasn't going to be a big job.  But we had to move/rework some of them and add some new details - including a custom made backsplash, refrigerator surround, period hardware and quartz countertops.  We also uncovered an original maple hardwood floor that had 1000 staples in it!  Finally, we changed the sunroom to make it a breakfast room, including a stainless steel island for additional prep space!

Want to see more?  Click here.

Beach Cottage

Only the door location stayed the same!
This one owner, post WWII cape cod got a major renovation - including a whole new second floor.  But the reno was just as dramatic on the first floor, with a new open concept layout.

Want to see more pictures?  Click here for the kitchen design plan.  And Click here for the Before & After photos.

Kitchens x 2 - The Duplex

What started as the same footprint in both units of the duplex, ended up in two different final designs.  Yet they share some similarities.  Do you like one better than the other?
Tenants Unit Before
Tenant's Unit After
Owner's Unit Before
Owner's Unit After

Want to see more?  Click here for the Tenant's Unit.  Click here for the Owner's Unit.

Of course there will be more kitchens in our future - so we'll be sure and update this list from time to time.  But I'm you see a 'Signature Style'?

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  1. I see mostly white shaker style cabinets, white with accent tile backsplash, often installed in an unusual way, butcher block islands, often with a curved edge, stainless appliances, contrasting island seating, typically in a dark color, and interesting pendant lighting over the island.

  2. I think your signature style is light, open, clean, crisp, and welcoming.


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