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Preserving the original style of the 1920s kitchen was important to Kelly. Each appliance and finish complements the entire house. The vintage stove, given to him by a friend who didn't want it anymore, is a huge part of the look. "It works incredibly well and adds character," Kelly says.
Revamping the circulation and space in the kitchen was the biggest challenge in this remodel and cost the most. "Most 1920s homes have multiple sources of entry and exiting from the room, which kills most of the counter space," says Kelly. "This project increased the efficiency of the space by rearranging the traffic flow to one side of the room, leaving more space for cabinets and counters."
Kelly had to relocate the interior stairs, exterior stairs and windows, which ended up being much more work than he initially imagined. He also raised the ceiling from 8 feet, 4 inches to 9 feet. "This made a huge difference in the scale of the space," he says.
Cabinetry: custom by Mark Johnson, San Leandro, California; refrigerator: Amana