This Old House, Nov. 2008

This Old House, Kitchen Design

Period Look, Updated Function

A from-scratch kitchen with every convenience and finely-crafted woodwork is a natural fit for a Craftsman-style home.

By Deborah Baldwin

“It can be a challenge to find an old home’s true personality under the onionlike layers of improvements. When the owners of a 1908 Arts and Crafts house in Briarcliff Manor, New York, decided to rework a poorly laid-out addition that held a cold 1908s kitche, they had to find a way to channel the space’s long-obliterated Craftsman spirit. One thing was clear: Nothing about the walled-off kitchen worked—neither it’s utilitarian style and lack of seating nor its isolation from other rooms. After two years of scribbling ideas on napkins, the couple called on local contractor Eric Messer of Sunrise Building and Remodeling and architect Carol Kurth.”



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