Sunday, January 22, 2012

Something Old, Something New

You remember the story of our English Tudor, right?  This historic bay area home had not been touched for generations.  While the details were stunning, the cramped rooms just didn't work for the way families now live.  We did a careful restoration of the period details, opened up some spaces, and added a kitchen/family room, master suite, guest bedroom, and garage.  What a difference!
The original kitchen was tiny and isolated, a place for the help, not the family.  The new kitchen/family room addition makes food prep and family time one in the same.  In place of an island, the central kitchen table is a place for Legos and lunches and feels lighter than a built-in.  
To keep the kitchen clutter-free, a section of the old porch was converted into a pantry, used for storing food, wine, and bulky countertop appliances.  We saved one of the original wood swing doors and re-purposed it as a pocket door.  The holes from the old hardware are still visible to tell the tale!
The two-toned kitchen cabinets and simple white subway tile create a very vintage vibe without feeling fussy.
In an extraordinary feat of seamless remodeling, we replaced the middle set of French doors that were rotten.  The only visible difference between the new and the old is the sheen of fresh varnish.
The dining room was kept mostly intact.  We restored the gorgeous gum woodwork common in the 1910s, and added the punchy red grasscloth from Villa Nova Fabrics to make the room come alive.  Read this post about how we removed a bay window when the new kitchen was added.
Check out the amazing built-in hutch!  The shapes in this
hutch are repeated in trim and fixtures throughout the house.  I love this piece!
This historic restoration was a really fun blend of the past and the present.  I hope you like!  More to come on the exterior and the second floor.  Also, I'll update the Completed Projects Tab over the coming weeks with a full list of finishes and colors used in the spaces. 

Need help with something on your own home renovation?  Leave a comment below and this construction nerd will do her best!

18 comments:

ÁLVARO ROMERO said...

Wow. This is stunning work.

Geno said...

Beautiful work! Makes my own remodeling work look paltry by comparison! Someday I will have my work on our house up on the blog. Keep it up

David Abraham said...

Nice informative blog, thanks for sharing.

EmilyZ said...

This is gorgeous. I'll take two.

Scottsdale custom home builder said...

This is absolutely an awe-inspiring remodeling work. Great interior design added up with good choice of furniture. Looks very elegant.

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Wilson Grant said...

Great post. Thank you for sharing and I enjoyed reading and watching the great designs.

Dirae said...

I really like it. How I wish I have a similar kitchen. Keep it up!

Frenks said...

Very cool design. I love the reddish look of the wood. The table in the kitchen is nice.

Benn said...

The design is very inspiring. I love to have that kind of table.

Amy Kelsey said...

This is a gorgeous kitchen!! I'm about to embark on a big remodel and I'm wondering if you'd be willing to share the color paint that you used for the kitchen cabinets (both the gray and the white shades). Thank you in advance for the inspiration!

Shiloe said...

Hi Amy! The upper cabinets are Benjamin Moore Int Rm White Dove, and the lower cabinets are Benjamin Moore 2134-50, Gull Wing Gray. Good luck with your project!

Amy Kelsey said...

Wow, that was an amazingly fast response! Thank you Shiloe!

researching home remodeling said...

That is some beautiful wood work!! What a beautiful home.

Stine said...

Love the work you have done on this house -- amazing! Silly question but could you please tell me what wall color was used in the kitchen? Similar to Amy Kelsey, we are about to embark on a remodel ourselves -- and I am looking for a soft wall color to go with similarly toned cabinetry and trim. Many thanks!!

Shiloe said...

Hi Stine, thanks for your comment! The kitchen wall color is OC-32 Tapestry Beige. Best of luck!

Indianapolis Remodeling said...

Beautiful restoration. Love the mix with the benches and chairs.

Sila Mahmud said...

Great job! Interesting process, love to make it.!