Small Kitchen Remodel: Kitchen Revival

Scrapping the existing kitchen in this 1868 Greek Revival home, the homeowners built a kitchen that combines space-savvy conveniences, sleek modern lines, and a few nods to history.


This Greek Revival home was built in 1868, and the kitchen was a conglomeration of mismatched elements picked up over time. Tucked away from the other rooms at the back of the house, the old kitchen took up a good portion of the backyard. Seeking a central hub for everyday gatherings and a more spacious backyard, the homeowners knew the entire kitchen had to go. Both architects, the homeowners designed the replacement themselves -- a space-savvy, two-story addition that includes a new kitchen on the main level.

Key to the kitchen's family-friendly character is a tall pass-through that allows the cook to interact with others in the adjoining family room and helps the kitchen flow into the rest of the home. The pass-through's peaked upper molding is a nod to the home's Greek Revival roots.

In keeping with their laid-back lifestyle, the homeowners eschewed a formal dining room in favor of a casual eat-in area nestled in a bay of windows. The expansive windows flood the modest-size kitchen with natural light, enlarging the sense of space.

Black soapstone countertops and khaki-color Shaker-style cabinetry reflect the homeowners' preference for clean lines while exuding the warmth of a historical home.

With storage space at a premium, the design duo made every inch count with solutions that do double duty. A hardworking peninsula defines the work zone from the dining area while maximizing storage.

To make good use of the corners in the U-shape kitchen, the peninsula provides corner space on the outer side as well as open cookbook storage on the end.

The cleanup zone along the peninsula features a single-lever faucet and an integrated countertop drainboard, reinforcing the crisp lines of the kitchen.

Just outside the work triangle, a multipurpose storage center compensates for the kitchen's minimal wall cabinets by serving as a pantry, glassware bar, and desk area.

In a layout with little wall space, the range wall offers the lone opportunity to make a statement with a backsplash. Reflecting the neutral hues of its surroundings, the recycled-aluminum tile showpiece is a dramatic accent. In the purposely subdued design, this element adds a little spark.

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