Past Meets Present
Parents to two children and hosts of family get-togethers, the new owners of this 1920s era home felt the relatively untouched design was due for an update. For one, they wanted to modernize the kitchen, improve its flow, and open it to the adjacent family room – all while honoring the original architecture of the home. Given the task was Owings Brothers Contracting, Inc., whose team started by gutting the space down to the stone walls.
The main challenge was to open up the kitchen while keeping within the original footprint and leaving enough wall space to have a proper kitchen layout. The team also had to add a door to the garage from the adjoining space through a 16-inch stone wall, upgrade all the plumbing and electric, and get two large radon pipes and new plumbing supply lines in the walls and up through the second floor – all of which required additional wall space and creative design.
Owings Brothers’ solution was to create the arched opening in a bearing wall matching the plaster trim features that existed. They also repurposed a curved wooden door that previously opened into the kitchen and now grants access to the garage. The pipes were hidden in a section next to the arched opening, and cabinets hide an electric panel but still leave access.
The team merged the old butler’s pantry into the kitchen proper to create a balanced space that centers the arch in the room. They combined a working island with a sitting island using a natural walnut, and mahogany-stained hardwood flooring with black and white marble tile inset help define the focal-point island. With the remodel complete, the past meets present seamlessly in this updated 1920s kitchen.