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The clients wanted to restore the kitchen to a more modern version of its previous glory, but the home's former owners had sold the original Queen Atlantic stove. The clients found a restored stove at the Bryant Stove Shop, and Whitten Architects restored the brick back of the fireplace with local water-struck brick.
The stove was outfitted with modern propane burners. Along with all of the new insulation on the exterior walls, it keeps the kitchen nice and toasty during chilly Maine winters.
Working within an older framework presented its own challenges to the team. One of the most difficult parts of the remodel was pushing the wood exterior wall out by 4 feet for additional room. Although it's a little awkward, the post at the end of the island keeps the structure sturdy.
When it came to materials, the team was careful to help the new blend seamlessly with the old. Pine cabinetry and granite countertops were given slight contemporary touches to help them fit with the modern stainless steel appliances.
Light fixtures: Brass Light Gallery, Rejuvenation; range and oven: Dacor 36- inch; hood: Vent-A- Hood #PRH9-230
Naturally finished fir was chosen for the beadboard walls, which gives the kitchen a rustic rather than cottage style. A painted nickel gap board ceiling and honed stone countertops pay tribute to the original kitchen style.
Sink: Kohler Whitehaven 36-inch porcelain Farmer Sink; fixtures: Rohl; backsplash, countertop materials: Ivory Fantasy Granite, Morningstar Stone & Tile
A new entrance next to the stove opens the kitchen to the dining room, allowing this central space to flow with the rest of the house. "We really enjoyed mixing the old and new," says Whitten. "This kitchen has all of the modern conveniences in a traditional space."
Cabinets: Knickerbocker Woodworking; flooring: antique heart pine, Goodwin flooring
Contractor: Knickerbocker Group
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