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Tradition was not swept aside in this remodeling project it was enhanced to preserve the heritage character of the 1920s home
Story by: Colleen Hawkes Photography by: Roger Turk
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Not every kitchen remodeling project needs to involve a total refit. Incorporating some of the existing features and services is a more sustainable option it can also be a way to preserve a home's character.

This remodeled kitchen is in a 1920s bungalow that is part of a preservation district, where homeowners are encouraged to remodel within specific guidelines designed to retain and respect the traditional architecture.

Designer Shannon Cline of John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design says the house had been in the same family for 50 years, and the kitchen had been remodeled just once during this time.


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"It was outdated and worn, but it had potential. By removing a wall between the kitchen and a dining area, we were able to open it up to the light and sun in the south, and provide French doors to a patio that overlooks the garden."

Cline says the owners are environmentally conscious, so natural materials appropriate to the era of the house were used wherever possible. These include marmoleum flooring, wood and soapstone countertops and painted wood cabinetry.

"We also selected smaller appliances that use less energy, including a 30in refrigerator and a narrow 18in dishwasher. And the new sink is in the same position as the original one, so we didn't need to redo the plumbing.The decorative moulding beside the breakfast nook was added in the 1950s and retained as part of the story of the house."

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View of remodeled kitchen in a California bungalow, featuring soapstone and wood countertops, translucent glass mosaics and window seat.

Just like a kitchen in the 1920s, the recessed panel doors are inset. Prairie Green painted beadboard wraps the ends of the island in keeping with tradition. A hand-carved draining area on the soapstone counter, featuring a leaf pattern, is also reminiscent of older kitchens, albeit with an artistic touch.

May 17, 2011

Credit list

Kitchen designer
Shannon Cline, John Henry Kitchen & Bath Design (Wenatchee, WA)
Doors and windows
Pella
Countertops
Cherry wood work top by Spekva from Crown Custom Imports; soapstone from Meta Marble & Granite, fabricated by Precision Water Jet, Inc, sculpted by Gretchen Daiber
Flooring
Marmoleum in Mineral from Forbo, supplied by Columbia River Interiors
Drapes
Material Things
Range
GE Café
Dishwasher
Miele
Cabinet company
Wood-Mode Fine Custom Cabinetry
Cabinetry
Lewisburg recessed inset door style in Antique White and Prairie Green painted maple wood
Wall tiles
Walker Zanger Raku IXI from United Tile, installed by David Clinton
Lighting
Wall mounted from Holtkötter International; pendants from Steven Dale Design Studios
Sink and faucets
Kohler from
Refrigeration
Amana
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