Rose + Eric
Rose + Eric's 1930s urban farmhouse has to work extra hard, accommodating 3 homeschooled children. The renovation tweaked the layout of the kitchen + dining room, for seamless transitions between functions.
The layout of the new kitchen is essentially a refinement of the old. The floor plan is still a long galley, connected to the dining room at front and running through to the back of the house. The biggest challenge was the removal of a defunct chimney. A dirty job!
As with most kitchens, mere inches can make the world of difference: By shifting the French doors at the back, what had been a traffic bottleneck is now realigned for easy flow to the outside. This door placement also allowed for a built-in bench and a long table for casual dining and homeschool projects. By removing useless soffits we could extend cabinetry all the way to the ceiling, creating capacious storage. We also removed an awkward peninsula, replacing it with a tall pantry. Flanking the built-in bench, the pantry also works to screen off and demarcate the seating area from kitchen prep areas.
We also aimed to bring a fresh sensibility to the spaces, without sacrificing the design to generic modernism. Refined materials bring the kitchen into the present, while 1930s reproduction pulls and lighting honor the home's past. Warm cream walls are homey and elegant at the same time.