NOH Kitchen & Baths 2017
Many architects, kitchen designers, and cabinetmakers are turning back the clock when it comes to a kitchen’s aesthetic. Their guides, of course, are historical kitchens and baths. And while these designers don’t advocate forgoing modern plumbing and technology, they do champion thoughtful spaces that are ultra functional.
For a historic Victorian mansion, architect Spence Kass went to great lengths to update the spaces while offering a historical feel to the project. The kitchen and master bathroom were the prime focus but, as with many house projects, the scope grew to touch the entire building. The kitchen and bath are just two small examples of what a talented architect and expert craftspeople can do to antique homes.
When a couple wanted to preserve historic precedence in their home, they called Patricia McDonagh, a friend of the family and accomplished Boston interior designer, who has had great success with new old house projects. They asked McDonagh to transform their outdated kitchen, which hadn’t been touched for at least 40 years, into a bright user-friendly space for their busy family.
When renovating a vintage kitchen to work with a modern family’s lifestyle while maintaining character in the house, a designer needs to strike a careful balance. Design Associates in Cambridge, Massachusetts, pulls this off effortlessly in a home west of Boston. In the case of this kitchen renovation project, they opened a series of tight spaces into a more open floor plan while recreating original interior details using century-old blueprints.
We also take a look at the smallest room in the house—the powder room. These often overlooked spaces become a canvas of creativity for interior designers and architects. These rooms are usually on the first floor and intended primarily for use by guests—so they offer the perfect spot to add pizzazz as well as something unexpected in terms of color, texture, and materials.
We hope this issue of New Old House offers inspiration for your renovation or custom design projects.
Nancy E. Berry, Editor of New Old House
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