A Just-Right Kitchen With Vintage Style



the kitchen when we moved in was horrible it had really old cabinets rust-colored walls so it was really dark our last kitchen I did most of the work myself and it took about a year you wouldn't know where to put this stuff next to the stove because actually there wasn't even a counter next to this so I kept saying I'm not ready to do it we'd been through it once I knew we could do it again one day I came home from my work and my wife is ripping the walls apart I think she was ready to start this house is from the 1920s outside it's charming the character and nature of this home from the time period has a lot of characteristics that I love I live here with my wife Rana my son Owen and my daughter Amelia I'm an architect and my approaches an architect to kitchens is to make it look original to the house while still updating the home to work with one or more modern lifestyle the entire layout of the kitchen was awkward the flow was so bad and a major reason for that was there were four doors and really bad locations one door was the laundry room one goes to the outside one doors to the dining room and another door to the breakfast room size is one issue what is primarily the circulation one huge priority was adding counter space and making sure it was all connected so what we did was move all the doors to one side and was a kitchen to the other side we knock down the wall between the utility room in the kitchen then we move the interior steroid door to one side too so all the circulations on one side people walking in and out the kids are walking in and out and we're working on the other side of the kitchen which is the stove refrigerator in the sink when we looked at redesigning the kitchen one way that we could have enlarged it was by eating into the face in the breakfast nook so we really liked eating in that breakfast nook and we decided there the cute little arch and we have a nice cabinet and we'd rather have that rather than tearing down the wall we also realized if we kept that wall and that arch that wall would give a space to add this whole giant cabinet like a china cabinet the china cabinet was a really great way to give us extra storage we purposely designed it in such a way that there's glass on the top so you can show pretty seeing the lower parts we designed with drawers that you can't see what's inside so it's really a great place to put ugly stuff like Tupperware one area in particular that I really appreciated was this cabinet right above the refrigerator to put stuff that we don't use all that much there's a lot of new elements that you don't have in a 1920s kitchen once a dishwasher there's a microwave so I like to hide the microwave in our kitchen we put it in the upper cabinet and it works climbed our refrigerator it's a standard depth refrigerator I put a recess in the wall so we could push it back so that a $700 refrigerator a lot of times we're using panels refrigerators which start at about $7,000 the kitchen cabinets are custom you can see the frame of the cabinet the doors are inset so again it's indicative of the 1920s cabinet but it functions much better now the drawer slides so it functions very well one thing we knew we wanted to do was brighten up the kitchen we had a color consultant help us and the trick she told us was the ceiling color is 50% of the wall color and I think da just helps with the contrast at the molding the other interesting trick was raising the ceiling it feels like a bigger room it allows for bigger windows it allows for cabinets to be taller we knew we wanted to put in a much bigger window and a door with glass in it one way to save money obviously was to look at salvaged materials broad happened to drive by a neighbor's house around the corner and notice they were getting rid of those old windows and turned out they were in exact Maps and when you bought an old door and it's a beautiful door has lovely proportions the sides are you know two and a quarter inches the divided lights or of 72 inch so it has all these different characteristics the stove we got from a friend who actually never used it he moved into a house and said I don't want to old stove and if it works they're almost free on Craigslist in any part of the country right now I love the look of it for sure it's a little temperamental but the price you pay I guess when you have the stove against a wall you often don't have a lot of space on either side so we had little cabinets on each side that are pretty narrow and those work great for cookie sheets and we also have these tiny little drawers that are right above those cabinets and I found those stayed spices perfectly buzz Vista we have this little built-in for our salt and pepper that I think is just a nice detail scattered over the stove the stove it's critical and keeping the the appearance of an old home so a hood to me it's like the stove so here I wanted to make the hood integral to the wall so it's the same material two walls but it's also reminiscent of a fireplace even though it has its challenges with collecting stains and getting nicked easily we decided in Carrara marble it's just reminiscent of an older time period someone recommended putting sealer on it like ten times and so we did that this time we just really loaded up the sealer this think it's what it would have looked like originally it's back from the face of the cabinet it's porcelain there's a wall faucet when we ripped up the linoleum we were happy to find that the floor underneath was it was pretty fur but we were surprised to find within this one area there was the top of a tin can that someone had used apparently to patch the floor which was very strange but Rob liked it he thought it had character was sort of unusual so we just kind of left it there I don't know I like it I just like this thing that was original to the house it's unusual staying in the character the house has always been really important revolve as an architect the one thing I didn't understand that Rob designed was this little butler's pantry hallway that connected the kitchen to the dining room so I just kind of said okay I'll just go with it he'll trust you on that one I really like it I like the little area where we have a little it's almost looks like a little desk with the dark wood I like that a lot and it has a curved ceiling with a skylight is quite a lovely space actually one of my favorite parts of the kitchen now I think it just adds a lot of charm having this nice arch and having the arch for the pantry area matching the arch that goes to the breakfast nook which is original we're really happy with the kitchen in terms of how it functions in terms of how it relates to the other spaces and it works really well we can have Emilia putting away dishes from the dishwasher I went on the other side pudding or the silverware Rob and I cleaning up men the dog of course is sitting right in the middle of it all a lot of the charm with older homes is the scale once you go to something bigger you lose the charm we looked at trying to make it bigger and it didn't seem to really work with the design of the house and I don't regret it because our kitchen seems big enough

43 Comments

  • Karen Smith

    April 14, 2019

    Love it!

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  • Beleszove Foldlanya

    April 14, 2019

    yay for white appliances!!!!

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  • Kat Naps

    April 14, 2019

    I would have opened up the kitchen nook but other then that I like it

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  • SIMPLEY COOKING

    April 14, 2019

    Lovely kitchen.

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  • Susan Kelley

    April 14, 2019

    Butler. Pantry. Is. Adorable. And. Useful

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  • Leah Cushman

    April 14, 2019

    There were tin can lid patches in the hardwood floors in my childhood home. ?♥️

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  • Sian McDowell

    April 14, 2019

    Amen! Absolutely love this – keeping to the original style and architecture of the home.

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  • Prudence Campbell

    April 14, 2019

    Love the home, tin can cover, stove and all. Beautiful

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  • Mary Tresame

    April 14, 2019

    Where did you put your laundry room?

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  • You Are Leaders

    April 14, 2019

    Yezzzzzz!!! Walls matter! Small size matters!! Charm matters!

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  • Gypsymom08

    April 14, 2019

    I am wanting that stove!!

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  • Gina Reynolds

    April 14, 2019

    Smart people and it looks great ❤

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  • 전국노래자랑할매

    April 14, 2019

    수납이 과하게 많네 ,,,,

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  • emma ess

    April 14, 2019

    i should have married an architect.

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  • The Red Rose

    April 14, 2019

    That stove is cool. It adds character.

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  • poodlegirl55

    April 14, 2019

    Great job. Very charming.

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  • Pernilla S

    April 14, 2019

    I have come back and watched this video a few times these years. It is my favorit kitchen because they treasured and respected the old charm. They didnt do what everyone does and blow all the walls out to make open space. Also my own kitchen is an exact replica of the kitchen space, the outside door, window and inside doorway, so this really helped me see potential in my own home, thank you!

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  • TobiDecadance

    April 14, 2019

    Such a lovely homely family kitchen, the space is so cute and it's got character that is lacking in so many remodelling projects these days

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  • VERA MON

    April 14, 2019

    I love your philosophy on renovating it. I hate when people modernize these gems.

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  • Hilary C

    April 14, 2019

    I love old houses; you did a fabulous job.

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  • J Bello

    April 14, 2019

    Wow… what a beautiful house (and kitchen!)

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  • My Happy Nest

    April 14, 2019

    Wow, I love the way you redid your kitchen. It's perfect!

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  • Susan Hamilton

    April 14, 2019

    Love it! Crazy about that stove and the large china cabinet.

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  • Ch Da

    April 14, 2019

    Love it?

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  • jydeinden

    April 14, 2019

    to me the kitchen seems very small still… But if it works for them great 🙂

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  • Carla Garrett

    April 14, 2019

    the tin lid, did it cover a hole?

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  • Craig Merkey

    April 14, 2019

    wow… cozy… and this is the LARGER version…

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  • Alicia Barroso

    April 14, 2019

    What are those paint colors?

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  • Dathan

    April 14, 2019

    I like the house on the outside and what they did on the interior. People can live without OPEN concept and a HUGE island. I would have vetoed the old stove for a new one though. Love the breakfast nook and all the light!

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  • Ruth Alvarez

    April 14, 2019

    What a beautiful house! Great job.

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  • Prepper Angel

    April 14, 2019

    There are companies the refurbish old appliances. The stove would work like new. 🙂

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  • rneustel

    April 14, 2019

    I have three or four Houzz videos that I watch over and over, and this is one of them. I love that they stayed true to the soul and age of the house and didn't make it all sleek and modern! I really love the stove, too.

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  • Say What?

    April 14, 2019

    What a sweet kitchen. I'm jealous. Great job.

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  • Jane Bolton

    April 14, 2019

    Ji think they should have removed the wall to the breakfast nook. The kitchen looks squashy and isolating.

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  • Jen Ocean

    April 14, 2019

    So beautiful! I love your paint choices too.

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  • August Bisson

    April 14, 2019

    I think that I will use many of the elements in my builder special condo to give it some character. I particularly like the subtle but impactful ceiling and wall paint coordination. It is lovely and helps the trim stand out. What was needed, though, to allow for removing a chimney?

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  • machinos7

    April 14, 2019

    Looks so inviting and the flow is great ! Congrats !

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  • Victoria Corcoran

    April 14, 2019

    Fantastic to see to see the owners work with the original footprint of the house.

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  • Khrodis Faucets

    April 14, 2019

    If this vintage house matched with our kitchen faucet, it will be more perfect.

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  • Ali Khan

    April 14, 2019

    Super nice kitchen

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  • Always Late

    April 14, 2019

    I like that house.

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  • Yolanda San Diego

    April 14, 2019

    Very nice. Love it.☺

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  • Steph Brandle

    April 14, 2019

    So where did the laundry go

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