Manhattan townhouse kitchen with greenhouse dining room

Remodeled Federal-style townhouse kitchen with large square island, open to greenhouse dining room

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Stairs wind up behind the bookcase in this Federal-style townhouse, which was extensively remodeled by architect Jane Sachs of HS2 Architecture.

Manhattan townhouses built in the 19th century typically have the kitchen positioned below the living area on the garden floor, where it can open to the outdoors.

This arrangement did not suit the owners of this rebuilt townhouse, however. They love to entertain and wanted a large open-plan living space where they could cook and relax all on one level.

Architect Jane Sachs of HS2 Architecture, who was commissioned to design the extensive rebuild, says this didn't mean the garden needed to be sacrificed however.

"On the contrary, we were able to create a fully glazed greenhouse dining area overlooking the garden it is just like a garden room.

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This large 7ft-square island conceals a food mixer shelf that can be raised by remote control. The remodel is by Jane Sachs of HS2 Architecture.

"We also pushed out part of the kitchen, and introduced 10ft windows and a wide opening to the dining area, so the kitchen is flooded with natural light and sunshine."

The architect designed a large 7ft square island as the main food preparation and serving area. The island also provides extensive storage, including shelving for cookbooks, and has a concealed appliance shelf that can be raised by remote control.

White cabinets with a mix of simple panel doors and beadboard help to keep the space light and airy. So, too, do white subway tiles on the backsplash. The white palette also makes a strong contrast to the exposed brick of the building, and the reclaimed brick fireplace positioned on one wall of the kitchen.

The fireplace is flanked by symmetrical white cabinets, with Sub-Zero refrigeration on one side and a pantry on the other. The dishwashers are also integrated.

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Designed for the serious cook, this kitchen features a large Wolf range. A niche within the subway-tile backsplash and utensil racks keep everything within reach. The remodel is by Jane Sachs of HS2 Architecture.

Because this is a kitchen for a busy family that thrives on informality and likes to gather around and watch the cook at work, all the utensils, dishes, oils and spices are right at hand beside the cooking center. There is also a pot filler above the large range.

Textural finishes help to retain the traditional character of the townhouse. The countertops feature black granite with a rough, hammered finish. And the flooring throughout the house is hand-hewn engineered walnut that imparts a rich glow to the rooms.

Credit list

Jane Sachs,
Structural engineer
Robert Silman Associates
Cabinetry company
Dirk Auferoth
Hammered black granite from ABC Marble
Main kitchen range and ventilation
Fisher & Paykel
Hand-hewn engineered walnut from LV Wood
Owners’ representative
Laura Ianuly
Regele Builders
Kitchen cabinets
VI8 field tile from
Kitchen faucets
Barber Wilsons polished nickel
Doors and windows
Custom steel by Bliss Nor-Am; custom wood by Architectural Components, Inc
Paints and varnishes
Benjamin Moore

Story by: Colleen Hawkes

01 Oct, 2014

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