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!