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New Classic Kitchen in a Cape Cod Federal

A timeless look comes from using black and white to evoke classicism as well as the early 20th century.
By Patricia Poore | Photos by Dan Cutrona

    Frankly modern in function, the new kitchen has a traditional look: a stove “hearth,” subway tile, and beautiful millwork.

    When a new kitchen meets an old house, start with black and white. In this Cape Cod Federal house built in 1844, the classic white cabinets with wide stiles and rails are handsome and evoke styles from colonial to Arts & Crafts. They are grounded with natural soapstone countertops in a very dark charcoal.

    This space came from remodeling the back of the house to accommodate a generous kitchen with an eating nook, as well as a step-down family room between kitchen and backyard.

    The kitchen addition is sympathetic to the design of the 1844 Federal.

    “The owners knew what they wanted and had even selected some suppliers,” says co-designer Eileen Nadeau. Unlike the painted cabinets, which are maple, the island is made of quarter-sawn oak with a natural rubbed finish. It looks more like furniture. Beams, moldings, and divided-light windows echo Colonial Revival conventions.

    Beadboard and nickel hardware also evoke the turn of the last century. New pendants by Progress Lighting are a modern take on classic designs.

    The island is made of quarter-sawn oak with a natural finish. It looks like furniture.


    Designers: Paul Puchol and Eileen Nadeau, Main Street at Botello’s, Mashpee, MA:
    Cabinets: White Dove on maple with recessed-panel Benchmark-series ‘Lenox Olde Town’ doors; island quarter-sawn white oak with rubbed finish, Benchmark-series ‘Americana’ doors, all from Grabill Cabinet Co.:
    Soapstone: Cape Cod Counterworks, Mashpee, MA:
    Enameled cast iron sink: 33″ ‘Dickinson’ apron-front sink from Kohler:
    Faucets Rohl:
    White subway tile: Pratt & Larson:, through Best Tile, Plymouth, MA:
    Pendant lights: Progress Lighting:

    Published in: Early Homes Spring Summer 2013

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