Kitchens Guide 2016

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kitchens design guide 2016

The Classic White

The Anti-Kitchen

The New Victorian

The Midcentury Redo

The French Connection

The Warm Minimalist

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Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

The Classic White

Location: Wellesley
Size: 390 Square Feet

They wanted room for everyone and everything without disrupting the cook.

Inspired by his clients’ Danish lifestyle, architect Jan Gleysteen dreamed up a family-centric, transitional kitchen and breakfast room to anchor this new Wellesley home. The space, which incorporates formal details such as a coffered ceiling and recessed paneled cabinetry, is organized by work zones to maximize functionality.

Gleysteen used the 10-foot-long, leather-finished granite kitchen island to separate the comings and goings of the busy family from the food prep area. The L-shaped island base accommodates seating on two sides, allowing those perched on the Arne Jacobsen stools to face one another while dining. Gleysteen created a master list of items for every pull-out drawer (he says that swinging doors are less ergonomical) in the kitchen to ensure that essentials, from Tupperware to towels, have a hiding place. “These clients were exceptionally organized and brought a highly evolved aesthetic to the design,” he says.

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A breakfast room with a beadboard cathedral ceiling occupies one corner of the kitchen, affording treetop views. / Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

THE FACT FILE

Architect Jan Gleysteen Architects
Contractor Kistler & Knapp
Appliances Wolf wall oven, steam oven, microwave drawer, and range top, Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Kitchen Aid chiller drawers, all Jarvis Appliance
Backsplash Porcelanosa “Tokyo” porcelain tile, Tiles Plus More
Cabinetry Custom maple, Walter Lane Cabinetmaker
Countertop “Nero Assoluto” leather-finished granite, Olympia Marble & Granite
Flooring White oak

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Photograph by Eric Roth

The Anti-Kitchen

Location: Brookline
Size: 630 Square Feet

They wanted a room for cooking and dining that looked absolutely nothing like a kitchen.

Tight quarters, inadequate dining space, and a lack of connection to the verdant landscape made the kitchen in this 1855 Brookline abode a prime candidate for a makeover. The Boston architecture firm Butz + Klug removed three walls on the second floor to create a single, 42-foot-long cooking and dining space that opens up to a new bluestone loggia.

To cleverly conceal the room’s more utilitarian aspects, the architects hid the Miele refrigerator and other appliances in a perforated aluminum cabinet, and added ample storage in the form of three floor-to-ceiling glass-paneled cabinets. The white-oak island—a custom piece featuring an inset concrete butcher block, a stainless steel countertop, and an integrated sink with a removable strainer—functions as a prep space. A freestanding Gaggenau range and custom Thermador hood is hidden away in its own niche.

At the other end, a Moooi “Light Shade Shade” chandelier illuminates the handsome Zoom by Mobimex elm dining table, while a cozy breakfast nook accented with orange walls provides space for casual dining. Architect Jeff Klug says, “Our client said, ‘You guys are Zen and I’m rock ’n’ roll.’ The color is the rock ’n’ roll part.”

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Photograph by Eric Roth

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Photograph by Eric Roth

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In the breakfast nook, a live-edge walnut tabletop and MDF benches, fabricated by Peabody-based Furniture Design Services, are enhanced by walls painted in bold Christopher Peacock orange. / Photograph by Eric Roth

THE FACT FILE

Architect Butz + Klug Architecture
Contractor BayPoint Builders
Appliances Refrigerator and dishwasher, Miele; freezer drawer, Sub-Zero; cooktop, convection oven, and steam oven, all Gaggenau; range hood, Thermador
Cabinetry, Island, and Breakfast-Nook Benches Custom, Furniture Design Services
Countertops Custom stainless steel, Weiss Sheet Metal; custom concrete butcher block, Form Function Custom Concrete
Flooring White oak, Carlisle Wide Plank Floors

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Photograph by Kate Kelly

The New Victorian

Location: Beacon Hill
Size: 300 Square Feet

They wanted a bright and airy kitchen that felt original to their 19th-century brownstone.

Unhappy with their small parlor-level kitchen, the owners of this Beacon Hill brownstone teamed up with AEDI Construction and interior designer Nina Farmer to completely reimagine the space, adding 200 square feet to its layout in the process.

The design team divided the kitchen into two distinct zones: one for cooking, and one for eating. A slim island topped with stain-resistant quartzite bridges the two areas while providing additional seating. Contemporary touches in the approximately 140-square-foot workspace include cantilevered shelving, a Wolf double wall oven, and a 42-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator. Period-appropriate window frames and polished-nickel hardware complement the kitchen’s Victorian setting.

The main dining space includes a Farmer-designed banquette surrounded by new skylights and windows, which together create a cheerful space with garden views. “It’s an old, historical townhouse, but we put in modern elements to make it feel like it straddles both worlds,” Farmer explains. “It looks like it could always have been there, but it’s new and up to date.”

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The Farmer-designed banquette features acrylic upholstery by Rose Tarlow for Perennials and Holland & Sherry linen pillows. A “Street Gas Lamp” metal pendant illuminates the custom oak tabletop, supported by an Eames pedestal base. / Photograph by Kate Kelly

THE FACT FILE

Architect Albis Architects
Contractor AEDI Construction
Interior Designer Nina Farmer Interiors
Appliances Wolf range top and double wall oven, Bosch dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and wine refrigerator, and Thermador microwave drawer, all Yale Appliance + Lighting
Cabinetry Custom white oak, AEDI Construction
Countertops “White Macaubas” quartzite (island) and honed soapstone (surround), both Marble and Granite
Tile “Archive” ceramic tile, Waterworks

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Photograph by Nat Rea

The Midcentury Redo

Location: Lincoln
Size: 208 Square Feet

Their dark, insular midcentury kitchen needed an intervention.

Exposed beams and maple cabinetry left the kitchen in this midcentury Lincoln home feeling drab and dated. Seeking a modern overhaul, the owners turned to Boston-based Flavin Architects, which transformed the original U-shaped room by lightening the color palette and rethinking how it connected to adjacent spaces—all while honoring its architectural roots.

To brighten the space, the Flavin team maintained the kitchen’s general layout, but created openings to the living and dining rooms, and at the soffit level. New windows at countertop height allow additional natural light to bounce off the PentalQuartz counters into the space while forging a stronger connection to the outdoors. As a nod to the original designer’s intent, principal Colin Flavin specified period-appropriate materials with modern twists, including custom MDF cabinetry finished in Benjamin Moore’s “Black Pepper,” a cool hue that works well with the gray cerused oak floors. “A lot of clients want an open kitchen, but I advocated for openings [instead],” Flavin says. “With openings, the natural messiness in the kitchen doesn’t define the overall space.”

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Openings above the 8-foot-high soffit bring in light from the adjacent living areas. When entertaining guests, the owners can close the sliding door between the kitchen and dining room. / Photograph by Nat Rea

THE FACT FILE

Architect Flavin Architects
Contractor Perkins Custom Contracting
Appliances Asko dishwasher, Electrolux wall oven and convection microwave, Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer, and Miele cooktop and cooktop hood, all Drimmers
Backsplash “Dimensional Oval” ceramic tile, Heath Ceramics
Cabinetry Custom MDF, Jay Hollis and Associates
Countertop PentalQuartz
Flooring White oak

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Photographs by Natalia Foto

The French Connection

Location: Brookline
Size: 315 Square Feet

They wanted to bring a touch of Paris to their Brookline Victorian.

The small, garden-level kitchen in this 4,600-square-foot 19th-century abode wasn’t exactly the family gathering space that interior designer Cecilia Casagrande had envisioned for her new home. So in consultation with the architecture firm Hacin + Associates, she relocated her kitchen to the parlor level upstairs. “It’s the sunniest room in the house and has the most gorgeous original windows,” Casagrande says.

Furnished to evoke a Parisian café, the new kitchen includes a cooking area, casual seating around an island, and a more formal dining area. “The challenge was to integrate a functional and modern workspace into a room that had large existing windows and doors, a fireplace, and Victorian trim,” says Jennifer Clapp, of Hacin + Associates. “Our design approach was to create a series of zones within the room that had distinct identities for each function.”

A custom metal hood with brass strapping, built by Indiana-based metal worker Aaron Vogler, highlights the cooking area, which also includes Lacanche appliances and handmade ceramic subway tile. Under an expansive Lindsey Adelman chandelier, the marble-topped island offers generous prep room as well as casual seating. Bold Ellie Cashman wallpaper defines the more formal dining space, outfitted with a Sean Woolsey “Haack” walnut table and a custom banquette with wool-and-nylon upholstery.

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An upholstered window seat is a cozy perch for flipping through cookbooks, stored on adjacent shelving. Cabinets with brass hardware and pull-out drawers hide kitchen appliances. / Photograph by Natalia Foto

THE FACT FILE

Architect Hacin + Associates
Interior Designer Cecilia Casagrande Interiors
Carpenter Damien McNally
Appliances Lacanche “Volnay” range and warming oven, Art Culinaire; Jenn-Air refrigerator and Bosch dishwasher, both Jarvis Appliance
Cabinetry Custom, Cape Ann Kitchens
Countertop “Everest” marble, RSK Marble and Granite
Tile Handmade ceramic tile, DiscoverTile
Wallpaper “Dark Floral,” Ellie Cashman

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Photograph by Matt Delphenich

The Warm Minimalist

Location: Somerville
Size: 220 Square Feet

They were space-challenged and budget-conscious but loved to cook and entertain.

Room for guests and an updated look were top priorities for these young homeowners, who tasked Bunker Workshop’s Chris Greenawalt with reimagining their late-19th-century Italianate row house in Somerville. By removing the original entryway, living room, and kitchen walls, Greenawalt was able to create one fluid space for all the couple’s cooking and entertaining needs.

Exposed ceiling joists define the workspaces, which feature a 10-foot-long walnut-topped island with an integrated stainless steel sink and Bosch oven. Opposite, cost-saving Ikea cabinetry shares wall space with higher-end Corian countertops and an induction cooktop, complete with a downdraft exhaust vent. A glass backsplash protects the newly exposed brick wall. “The brick isn’t in the greatest shape,” Greenawalt says, “but there’s some beauty to that.”

Beyond, Beaudry Construction built a custom hickory banquette, with seating for eight and storage, that offers easy access to a wet bar outfitted with a Corian sink, a Brizo faucet, and shelving made from materials salvaged during the renovation. “The clients wanted a more formal setting for meals,” Greenawalt says. “Overall, they let me do my thing, but helped me push the design.”

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Beyond the custom island, the Corian-flanked cooking area boasts a 31-inch induction cooktop and a stainless steel downdraft exhaust vent. / Photograph by Matt Delphenich

THE FACT FILE

Architect Bunker Workshop
Contractor Beaudry Construction
Appliances Bosch refrigerator, cooktop, hood, hood blower, oven, and dishwasher, all Yale Appliance + Lighting
Backsplash Tempered glass, Prime Glass
Cabinetry Ikea
Countertops Corian, TWD Surfaces; walnut, Grothouse
Flooring Hickory flooring, Hull Forest Products

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The Classic White | The Anti-Kitchen | The New Victorian | The Midcentury Redo | The French Connection | The Warm Minimalist

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Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/2016/08/30/kitchen-design-guide-2016/