It would be hard to exaggerate the imagination, patience, skill and perfectionism that remodeling our kitchen required.
Rebuilding the back of the house from the foundation up to
the third floor was a major feat of engineering – more akin to constructing the Great Wall than a residential wall.
Upon demolition of the interior walls and finishes to create the open area needed for the new layout, it was determined that the brick exterior walls were in danger of collapse, there were structural framing issues with floors and walls, and knob and tube wiring had to be eliminated. Load bearing temp walls were constructed, double course brick walls were removed, brick salvaged and cleaned, new walls were framed, brick veneer walls were laid; all in the middle of December, while the family lived in the house.
Display shelves with custom brackets and concealed LED lighting and a storage/seating bench with a honed steel cap were created and installed. Custom white oak cabinets stained graphite and concrete countertops (Outlaw Studios) were designed and fabricated, including an extended splash with plate rail. Miele appliances and a rectangular sink with built-in tray compliment the minimalistic look. Windows were eliminated and/or relocated and then replaced with Pella’s Architect Series windows. A new “full view” steel door by Bliss Nor-Am was installed to the deck. The single layer of ¾” pine flooring, damaged beyond repair was replaced with salvaged water logged heart pine flooring, painstakingly finished with a patina to match other floors in the house.
Photography by Steven Dietz