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Traditional detailing applied with a light hand allows this new kitchen to sit comfortably in an old house
Story by: Mary Webb
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View of a new kitchen built in a 120 year old home which features a kitchen island with marble countertops, kitchen appliances, clay tiled fooring, zinc countertops, tiled backsplash, lighting, cabinetry.

A slavish adherence to the style of an old home isn't the only way to create a new kitchen that feels like part of the fabric of the house.

The kitchen of this 120-year-old home needed updating after being remodeled in the 1970s. The home was traditional in style, and the owners wanted a new kitchen that felt as if it belonged to this era, unlike their existing kitchen.

Architect John Tittmann set the scene with new coffered ceilings, paneled walls above the range and refrigerator, and paneled wood cabinetry.


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"However, to keep the space from looking too ornate, we simplified the overall form of the kitchen by simplifying the woodwork. The cabinetry is traditional, but its detailing is understated," he says.

The coffered ceiling, walls and cabinetry in the kitchen are painted in several shades of white. Further variations of white are used on the La Cornue range and hood, the Carrara marble island countertop and the tiled backsplash.

"These subtle differences create interest in the various materials, but in a restrained way. They also provide a neutral backdrop for the owners' collection of brightly colored paintings in the adjacent family living area," says Tittmann.

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View of a new kitchen built in a 120 year old home which features a kitchen island with marble countertops, kitchen appliances, clay tiled fooring, zinc countertops, tiled backsplash, lighting, cabinetry.

Three French ceramic rise-and-fall light fixtures, complete with weights and antique brass, make a focal point of the island with its imposing slab of Carrara marble. More ceramic pendants draw attention to the zinc sink countertop.

Mar 03, 2009

Credit list

Cabinetry
Painted wood
Floor
Clay Seneca tiles
Backsplash
Dover white tiles from Tile Showcase
Faucets
Grohe Talia Chrome
Ventilation
La Cornue Villa hood
Countertops
Zinc, Carrara marble
Lighting
Hector Finch French ceramic
Sink
Kohler Deerfield
Cooktop
La Cornue Le Grand Castel
Refrigeration
Sub-Zero
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