Category Archives: 1780 Kitchen

Farm Kitchen Photoshoot

It’s a great feeling when a project looks as good as it does in its renderings. Even better is when it surpasses them. I previously posted about a kitchen I designed for a 1780 colonial, and recently got a chance to shoot some pictures of it complete. I feel pretty good.

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The fridge is a Liebherr, chosen for its lack of conspicuous vents and clean lines, which allow it to blend in to the historic home despite being very modern.

The first four pictures are as close to shot-for-shot as possible to the previous renderings.

Island W
The built-in to the far right houses the microwave and toaster oven, with extra deep drawers beneath for tupperware and wraps.
Island E
Beyond the island is a small seating area, perfect for a morning cup of coffee. Through the door on the right one can spy the door to a 5″ deep spice rack built into the side of the pantry.
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The pantry is not yet complete, but I could not resist snapping a few quick photos of my favorite piece.
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The next time I return I will need to find a wide angle lens to capture the pantry in full.
Corner Cab
The antique corner cabinet was used as inspiration for the entire project.
Fire
The original fireplaces were removed long ago, the existing one was built between the two rooms in the 1970s by a Welsh mason.
Rattail
The wrought iron rat tail hinges used throughout the kitchen were custom made by a Pennsylvania blacksmith. The range is an Aga Six-Four. Discontinued for a few years, finding one in maroon took months of searching until we stumbled upon this one in a dusty corner of a showroom.
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The soapstone counters and sink were done by Jason Chizmar of Atlantic Soapstone. I can’t say enough good things about Jason; his craft is top notch and his eye for detail unmatched. All the pieces were cut on site, and he even took the time to fabricate a small filler piece to go behind the stove when he noticed there was a gap.
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A hole in the beam from previous construction is perfectly repurposed to hold an oven mitt. The small bookshelf built in to the end of the island is perfect for cookbooks.

As a full disclaimer, this was my first shot at both kitchen and lighting design. By carefully planning out what each space was to be used for down to the individual drawer, I was able to maximize work space while allowing multiple people to co-exist in the room, a failure of the previous kitchen. Other challenges included multiple paths of egress that had to be preserved (four in total), sight lines out the various windows that could not be moved, very little natural light, and the fireplace directly in the center. In addition, the room had been renovated as a dining room very recently, and the homeowner wished to preserve as much of that work as possible.

A New-Old Kitchen

I haven’t updated in a while because I’ve been busy working on a kitchen to go in a 1780 colonial. I will go into more detail when I update with the forthcoming finished pictures, but for now here are some of the glossy presentation renderings.

South-East
View to the SE of the large soapstone sink and raised dishwasher (a client request) with integrated drainboard.
View to the NE of the island, stove, and built-in microwave/toaster/coffee unit.
View to the NE of the island, stove, and built-in microwave/toaster/coffee unit.
The Island from the other side, also looking into the pantry.
The Island from the other side, also looking into the pantry.
Freestanding pantry unit. On the left side is a 5" deep hidden storage space for spices.
Freestanding pantry unit. On the left side is a 5″ deep hidden storage space for spices.