Kitchens Guide 2017

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The Light Saver

The New Classic

The Addition Kitchen

The Dynamic Redo

The Modern Minimalist

Photograph by Michael J. Lee

The Light Saver

Turn up the bright.

Location: Cambridge
Size: 260 square feet

If the kitchen is where you spend the most time, it should be the most inviting room in the house. That’s the logic, anyway, behind this Cambridge renovation in historical Avon Hill. The owners used the kitchen nightly for whipping up family meals but struggled with its outmoded appearance and lack of storage space. “It was so clearly not the light, bright space they wanted,” says interior designer Dee Elms, principal of the eponymous Boston firm.

With help from the builders at South End–based Sleeping Dog Properties, Elms kicked off the redesign by removing the restrictive drop ceiling along one kitchen wall, providing some much-needed airiness and room enough for a full-height china cabinet. To play up the sunlight filtered through the original transom windows, Elms replaced the existing wood cabinetry with brighter, custom Shaker-style models. She also installed a pocket door, outfitted with light-bouncing frosted glass, to partition the main cooking space from the existing pantry. And though it would eliminate a natural light source, Elms strategically closed up one of the original transoms, choosing to repurpose the opening for a subtle Miele stove hood, accented by a glossy backsplash.

Cedar & Moss glass pendants and Bassam Fellows walnut barstools complement the marble-topped island, used for meal prep and casual dining. / Photograph by Michael J. Lee

THE FACT FILE

Contractor Sleeping Dog Properties
Interior Designer Elms Interior Design
Appliances Sub-Zero refrigerator, Thermador rangetop, Viking oven, all Yale Appliance + Lighting
Backsplash “Stretch Hex” glass tile, DiscoverTile
Cabinetry Custom, Michael Humphries Woodworking
Cabinetry Paint “Trout Gray” and “Cloud White,” both Benjamin Moore
Countertop “Frost White” quartz, Marble and Granite
Island Top “Bianco Venatino” marble, Marble and Granite

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The Light Saver | The New Classic | The Addition Kitchen | The Dynamic Redo | The Modern Minimalist

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Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

The New Classic

Embrace color.

Location: Concord
Size: 358 square feet

White kitchens are a design tradition, making the unexpected black-and-green palette in this stunning Concord space—designed by Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects + Planners—all the more daring. “I’m not afraid if you’re not afraid,” project manager Michelle Ouellette recalls telling her clients.

The bespoke color selections set the tone for the rest of the kitchen, which boasts a slew of custom features. To accommodate the ergonomic needs of the household’s primary cook, for example, all of the appliances were stashed along one wall, complete with an antique-mirror backsplash and stainless steel cabinetry. On the opposite side, cabinetmaker Kochman Reidt + Haigh constructed open glass shelving as an alternative to traditional uppers, which would have blocked the light from the new windows.

The center of the room, accented by an Arhaus crystal chandelier, hosts two islands. Designated specifically for baking prep, the rear island (near the pantry) includes storage both below its stainless steel top and in the columns that connect it to the ceiling. The adjacent marble-topped piece, outfitted with one of three sinks in the kitchen, functions as a gathering space. “Every nook and cranny is being used efficiently for something,” says DSK interior designer Emilie Tucker. “No space is left unused or unexplored.”

Custom glass shelves and light marble countertops help brighten the space. / Photograph by Richard Mandelkorn

THE FACT FILE

Architect/Interior Designer Dewing Schmid Kearns Architects + Planners
Contractor J.W. Adams Construction
Appliances Miele dishwasher, Sub-Zero refrigerators, Wolf range and steam oven, all Jarvis Appliance
Cabinetry
Custom maple, Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers
Cabinetry Paint “Emerald Isle” and “Stout,” both Benjamin Moore
Countertops “Imperial Danby” marble, Marble and Granite

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The Light Saver | The New Classic | The Addition Kitchen | The Dynamic Redo | The Modern Minimalist

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Photograph by Greg Premru

The Addition Kitchen

Think bigger—and better.

Location: Cambridge
Size: 385 square feet

At 72 square feet, the original kitchen in this 1930s Colonial was hardly large enough for its owners, let alone their four children. “Only one person could be in it at a time,” says architect Douglas Dick, a principal at LDa Architecture & Interiors. “It was the tiniest kitchen I’ve ever seen.”

Tasked with creating a roomy new space that the whole family could enjoy together, LDa joined forces with contractor F.H. Perry to build a modern addition onto the back of the Cambridge home, combining a top-tier chef’s kitchen and a spacious living room in one open layout. A 12-foot island, designed to comfortably seat all six family members at once, anchors the kitchen’s prep area and provides plenty of storage for cutting boards and trays—not to mention an induction cooktop, dishwasher, and integrated sink. The oversize piece, finished with a European elm veneer, also features a durable concrete top that matches the counters along the side and back walls, home to a six-burner Capital range and a concealed Wolf hood. Recessed appliance garages, easily accessible via roll-up stainless steel doors placed under hardware-free upper cabinets, hide smaller devices. “All kitchens are fun to design, but this was enjoyable because the owners had strong opinions about how they’d actually use it,” Dick says.

Photograph by Greg Premru

Illuminated by a vertical slot window, the beverage station features a La Marzocco espresso machine and a sub-counter True wine chiller. / Photograph by Greg Premru

Photograph by Greg Premru

THE FACT FILE

Architect/Interior Designer LDa Architecture & Interiors
Contractor F.H. Perry
Appliances Bosch dishwasher and microwave, Capital range, Gaggenau oven and cooktop, Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer, and Wolf range hood, all Yale Appliance + Lighting
Backsplash Brushed stainless steel, Michael Humphries Woodworking
Cabinetry Custom, Michael Humphries Woodworking
Countertops/Flooring Concrete, Stone Soup Concrete

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The Light Saver | The New Classic | The Addition Kitchen | The Dynamic Redo | The Modern Minimalist

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Photograph by Matt Delphenich, styling by Morgan Mackintosh/Anchor Artists

The Dynamic Redo

Reframe the focal point.

Location: Brookline
Size: 310 square feet

With two young children and a third on the way, the new owners of this sunny 1915 Brookline apartment loved their family-friendly digs. The only problem? The kitchen—a cramped, outdated space with a brick chimney smack-dab in the center of the room.

To open things up, Boston architect Isamu Kanda, principal of I-Kanda Architects, pushed back one wall, giving the room an extra 85 square feet and a new swath of storage. The chimney, once obtrusive, now shines thanks to the addition of a 12-foot cantilevered island, supported by a steel frame hidden under the new oak flooring. Topped with the same honed quartzite used for the counters and backsplash, the sculptural piece—custom-made by Furniture Design Services—boasts a carved birch base meant to evoke a rock formation that’s “eroded over time,” Kanda explains.

Beyond the island, Kanda demolished the wall between the original kitchen and existing dining room, merging the two spaces into one fluid area for cooking, dining, and family gatherings. He also masterminded the recessed, circular ceiling details, intended to track the sun as it moves through the room. Kanda says that he and his team “designed the kitchen as a space in motion.”

Cantilevered walnut shelves line up with the ventilation hood, suspended over the Thermador oven. / Photograph by Matt Delphenich

Designed to look “carved out by use,” the custom island also houses storage drawers and a Thermador microwave. / Photograph by Matt Delphenich

THE FACT FILE

Architect I-Kanda Architects
Contractor Kairouz Construction
Cabinetry + Island Furniture Design Services

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The Light Saver | The New Classic | The Addition Kitchen | The Dynamic Redo | The Modern Minimalist

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Photograph by Jane Messinger

The Modern Minimalist

Let the space speak for itself.

Location: Cambridge
Size: 215 square feet

A frequent dinner-party host, the owner of this 1,300-square-foot Cambridge loft dreamed of a showpiece kitchen with ample space for entertaining. For design help, the client enlisted architect Catherine Truman, whose first order of business was moving the kitchen—a small room that shared a wall with the entryway—to the center of the main living space. “We wanted a better entry sequence,” she explains.

The new kitchen, surrounded by painted brick walls and large windows on three sides, features simple white cabinetry, a pared-down stainless steel backsplash, and a 10-foot island, wrapped in Caesarstone quartz. In keeping with the minimalist vibe, Truman decided against an exposed hood for the five-burner Miele range across from the island—itself outfitted with a party-ready wine fridge—opting for an inconspicuous built-in model instead. Similarly, she installed under-counter Sub-Zero freezer and fridge drawers, which eliminate the need for a full-height refrigerator while conserving precious countertop space. “We wanted to create a simple aesthetic with new pieces that would allow the character of the beams and brick to really sing,” Truman says.

Installed over the original concrete, the new oak flooring helps soundproof the loft. Truman redesigned the ductwork in the ceiling, letting the natural beauty of the timber take center stage. / Photograph by Jane Messinger

THE FACT FILE

Architect Catherine Truman Architects
Contractor Robertson Design Build
Appliances
Bosch dishwasher; Miele gas cooktop, convection oven, and microwave; Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers, freezer drawers, and wine chiller, all Yale Appliance + Lighting
Backsplash/Countertop Stainless steel, All Metal Fabricators
Cabinetry Custom, Walter Lane Cabinetmaker
Island Caesarstone quartz
Flooring Oak

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The Light Saver | The New Classic | The Addition Kitchen | The Dynamic Redo | The Modern Minimalist

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Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/2017/09/05/kitchen-design-guide-2017/