Interior Designer Lindsay Bentis
Contractor Steven Overstreet, S. J. Overstreet Construction
Cabinetry Paul Reidt, Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers
Simply put, the original kitchen in this Newton home was dark and dysfunctional. Drawers were overloaded with cookware and other supplies; small, ill-placed windows restricted natural light and views of the home’s lush backyard. An unwieldy island wasn’t helping either. “It was huge and deep,” says interior designer Lindsay Bentis, “and the owner, who’s very petite, didn’t like that she couldn’t reach across. The layout just wasn’t working.”
To brighten the room, contractor Steven Overstreet replaced the undersize windows with much larger ones that invite the outside in. The massive island was swapped for a skinnier, L-shaped counter, improving flow. A new walk-in pantry, open shelving, and custom cabinetry allow for plenty of storage with style to spare.
For Bentis, adding windows was just the beginning. She installed five Leucos Lighting glass pendants over the L-shaped counter, as well as recessed lighting along the kitchen’s perimeter. Bentis also commandeered a corner of the room for the dining area, and chose a reflective CB2 glass table to accom pany a custom Partners in Design banquette upholstered in Holly Hunt outdoor fabric. A sculptural Coco-Flip pendant, fashioned from raw wood and aluminum, anchors the space.
To accommodate the homeowner’s passion for baking, Bentis created a walk-in pantry with lowered marble countertops for rolling out dough. Generous drawers and cabinets hold measuring cups, bakeware, and staple ingredients. This is also where Bentis stashed the Miele steam and convection ovens.
Fabulous finishes truly set this kitchen apart: Iridescent Moroccan tile covers the walls, reflecting light and adding texture; a walnut-topped island provides a warm counterpoint to the cool stainless steel and marble countertops; painted maple veneer cabinetry is accented by contemporary white-bronze cabinet pulls.
“We wanted the kitchen to be modern, but not too modern for an older home. The white tile we used on every wall gives the space shimmer without being overbearing.” —Lindsay Bentis, interior designer
Wall and Backsplash: “Zellige” glazed terracotta tile, Clé.
Range: Wolf 36-inch dual-fuel, Yale Appliance + Lighting.
Hood: Custom stainless steel canopy, Weiss Sheet Metal.
Countertops: Calacatta marble, Louis W. Mian; stainless steel, Weiss Sheet Metal.
Island: Custom walnut and stainless steel, Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers.
Hardware: “Vinci” polished white-bronze cabinet pulls, Schaub and Company.
Location Seaport District
Architect + Designer Jeff Swanson, Renovation Planning
Contractor John Benjamin, Benjamin Construction Inc.
Cabinetry SieMatic Boston
Tiler Paul Grubb, Paul Grubb Tile
Though the brick-and-beam loft in the Seaport District felt contemporary, its kitchen was woefully outdated. “It certainly was a laminate dream,” says architect and designer Jeff Swanson of Renovation Planning: Its plastic oak aesthetic “was the coolest thing ever…in the 1980s.”
Swanson swapped in a deeper-toned laminate to satisfy his client’s desire for a contemporary look. Neutral quartz countertops and a crisp backsplash, plus stainless steel hardware and Thermador appliances complement the space’s industrial vibe.
In place of upper cabinetry, Swanson installed tall pantry cabinets along one wall of the kitchen: One conceals a structural post, while another disguises a 36-inch Thermador refrigerator. The rest provide plenty of storage for pots and pans, cookbooks, food, and cleaning supplies.
The owner, a California native, wanted space to showcase her expansive wine collection. The new design accommodates a built-in 24-inch Thermador wine chiller that can hold up to 70 bottles. Glassware gets stored above; below hosts a bevy of liquor bottles and a Scotsman ice machine.
This kitchen’s true pièce de résistance is the backsplash, made of chevron-cut tile from Island Stone, which took roughly a week to install. Cantilevered laminate shelves, fitted with recessed LED lights, complete the look.
“The design came out of the owner’s love of this loft style. She grew up in California wine country, and wanted that rich wood tone, but in an industrial way.” —Jeff Swanson, Renovation Planning
Backsplash Island Stone “Palms” glass tile, Tile Showcase.
Cabinetry “Mali Wenge” laminate, SieMatic Boston.
Countertop Silestone natural quartz, Cumar Marble and Granite.
Sconces Tech Lighting “DJ Wally” and “DJ Archie” chrome sconces, Wolfers.
Appliances Thermador 30-inch Masterpiece Series, Yale Appliance + Lighting.
Location South End
Designer Butz + Klug
Contractor Chris Rice, Furniture Design Services
Nestled in the back parlor of a 19th-century row house, this South End kitchen had been stripped of its original grandeur during a 1970s gut job. The kitchen was a sad affair of generic cabinetry and tile. “Nothing of the original space remained,” says Jeff Klug, of the firm Butz + Klug. “We wanted to restore the room to the way it might have been.”
Mahogany door and window casings infuse the space with much needed character. Floral-patterned copper grills, integrated into the window sills, disguise the home’s radiators. Elaborate decorative plaster molding, installed by Boston Ornament, adds period detailing to the space. “When we bring people over, they have no idea that the room hasn’t looked like that for the last 150 years,” Klug says. “It’s exactly what we wanted.”
Historical accents juxtaposed with contemporary materials create a show-stopping urban kitchen. The original flooring was refinished to match the room’s new, lighter palette. A walnut island, designed to look and function like a piece of furniture, is topped with a honed-glass countertop, which was ground by a Brooklyn-based artisan who specializes in restoring 19th-century glass.
The Carrara marble countertops and backsplash dress up a wall of painted, flat-front cabinetry, equipped with hidden hardware. A custom stainless steel sink, KWC faucet, and Miele cooktop add a modern touch.
To minimize clutter in the 267-square-foot space, Klug positioned the Miele refrigerator and large slide-out pantry in a vestibule between the kitchen and adjacent hallway. A custom mahogany and glass door, complete with a retractable screen, leads to a deck.
“It was about restoring the house to what it was originally. Through that binary of contemporary and period features, each element becomes that much more apparent and rich.” —Jeff Klug, Butz + Klug
Countertop Backsplash Carrara marble, Marble and Granite.
Island Honed-glass and walnut, Furniture Design Services.
Flooring Oak and mahogany, Furniture Design Services.
Door Mahogany with Phantom screen, KSD Custom Wood Products.
Fixtures RSA frosted dome lights, Chimera.
Hardware Lower cabinet stainless steel pulls, Valli & Valli; upper cabinet undermounted stainless steel pulls, Hafele.
Designer/Architect Sigrid Miller Pollin, Miller Pollin Architecture
Cabinetry Michael Humphries, Michael Humphries Woodworking
Contractor Bob Dymon, Dymon Enterprises
Busy wallpaper and outdated cabinetry and appliances in this Ware kitchen didn’t jive with the homeowners’ modern, Japanese-inspired style. Architect Sigrid Miller Pollin says, they wanted “a kitchen that didn’t look like a kitchen.”
Miller Pollin devised what she calls a “kitchen as furniture” concept, featuring two 13-foot maple islands and a sculptural, multi-function centerpiece that resembles a tree trunk—a common motif in Japanese design. The islands, outfitted with matching Franke fixtures, are equipped with tap-open drawers and cabinets to store dishes, bowls, and glassware.
One of the islands features a Carrara marble planter with lush greenery, satisfying the owners’ desire to incorporate nature into the design.
Back-lit Japanese shoji screens, made of white wooden frames and delicate rice paper, slide open to reveal a spacious pantry. An adjacent wet bar, complete with a built-in wine rack and Marvel beverage chiller, features luminous glass tile, Ipe cabinetry, and a stainless steel countertop.
A semi-circular storage unit designed and built by cabinetmaker Michael Humphries has multiple functions: It houses a double-door Thermador refrigerator and freezer, a pantry, a broom closet, two file drawers, a walk-in coat closet, and charging stations for electronics. The back side, which faces the living room, boasts an entertainment system with a flat-screen television and pull-out stereo components.
“The homeowners were interested in a sense of pure and tranquil space throughout, something both really functional and beautifully abstract.” —Sigrid Miller Pollin, Miller Pollin Architecture
Backsplash Oceanside Glasstile “Estrado” glass tile, Tile Showcase.
Countertop Ceaserstone “Cinder” quartz, Cumar.
Appliances Miele gas cooktop, Jarvis Appliance; Wolf 30-inch electric oven, Wolf steam oven, and Wolf 30-inch warming drawer, all Percy’s.
Faucets Franke satin-nickel, Degrees of Comfort.
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