The homeowners wanted to give this home the Folk Victorian-style feel of the homes in historic Tennessee. But the kitchen posed a problem. Folk Victorian calls for 10-foot ceilings and their new kitchen had 8-foot ceilings.
In order to compensate for the kitchen's lack of height, the homeowner's used elongating remodeling techniques. They gave the 8-foot ceiling more prominence with coffered beaded board. The builders removed the upper cabinets and added high wainscoting, capped by 1-inch molding. A few old upper cabinets were used to construct the maple-topped island.
Out with the Old
The old kitchen was dark and closed in. Removing the upper cabinets, changing the paint and wood to white, and adding triple-hung windows gave the kitchen a more open feel.
Arched doorways also draw the eye up. This arched doorway leads to the butler's pantry where the couple keeps heirloom china and crystal ready for entertaining. An arched alcove houses the refrigerator and freezer.
Tip: After seeing how much a 60-inch refrigerator-freezer cost, the homeowner bought separate but identical 30-inch units and put them side-by-side with the handles in the middle.
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In the past, this antique hutch would have stored everyday dishes and dry ingredients in its lower bins. Today, it's the focal point of the kitchen. It's a great place to display collectibles such as antique tablecloths, greenware, and other china.
The homeowner calls this the most important room in the house. Cookbooks, countertop appliances -- including the microwave -- spices, and other food items are at home in the 4 X 7-foot larder. This allows the kitchen area to remain focused on food preparation, cooking, and pan-washing.
The 264-square-foot remodeled kitchen holds an informal dining area and the vintage hutch. They unified the space with white paint and trim. The doorway leads to the back porch where the homeowners spend most of their time.
The home's generous porches are one of the property's biggest draws. Having the kitchen and dining room open out to this porch allows the homeowners to spend the majority of their time outside.
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