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  • Writer's pictureMary Regan

Green Needles Road Kitchen Project

The home sits on a 4-acre wooded lot with a long driveway. The house was custom built by Deck House in 1980. The house has a mix of contemporary and traditional architecture. It has tall open vaulted ceilings and exposed wood beams which bring warmth to the spaces. The kitchen is located in the back of the house. It is roughly 11' x 13'. The old kitchen was very enclosed. It had a small island with a cooktop connected to a downdraft that didn't work properly. The kitchen and dining spaces were cut off by a peninsula. The L-shaped area with the sink and oven was very tight and it felt small. To top it off it had a back door that didn't allow for adequate cabinet space.

We kept the fridge and pantry in the same location. We moved the sink to the back wall and installed a new boxed large window at counter height to extend the stone behind the sink for added space. My client has a beautiful back yard. Her cat loves to sit behind the sink to watch the squirrels and birds. Past clients have used this space to grow herbs or put lovely kitchen decorations. The client opted for a slide-in range to save space. We placed the range on the outside wall for easy hood blower ducting to the outside. The new island was left open for our clients to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea in their beautiful kitchen. By removing the peninsula, we opened up the dining and kitchen spaces making it feel much larger. A new buffet area was added for storage and counter space. The old dark tiles were removed from the floor and new lighter tiles were added making it much brighter. Our electrician removed the old track lights and dated pendants. He had a heck of a time at times due to the tall ceilings of the Deck House or the lack of strapping, but he was able to install the beautiful new lights the client purchased. He placed them where they needed to be, and we were super happy he was able to do this. We added a cabinet that sits on the countertop by the fridge area to house the microwave. The odd space left was kept open with shelving to put books or other decorative items.

We used Shiloh Cabinets with the Lancaster door and drawer fronts. The flush inset doors give it a nice clean look. The perimeter is painted with Amazing Gray which it is Sherwin Williams paint color offered by Shiloh Cabinetry as a standard in their color offerings. For the island and buffet, we used the same door and drawer fronts but used poplar wood with the Hudson finish. The Hudson finish is a teal see through stain that reveals the warm wood tone underneath. We love the contrast it created for the kitchen. The countertop material is a quartzite called Fantasy Brown with a gorgeous leather finish. The leathered finish enhances the beautiful colors in the stone. For the backsplash we used the Fantasy Brown stone at 4" high with the stone going the full height behind the range to protect the wall when cooking. This decision was a compromise between the clients as they couldn't agree on the splash material. The color for the walls was kept light to allow the Amazing Gray of the cabinets to pop. We are very happy with the overall look and feel of this kitchen renovation. The client is super happy with the results. She enjoys baking as we can tell by the delicious cookies adorning the island which she baked for us for kitchen picture day.

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