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A family big on fun needed more — and bigger — spaces to entertain and operate daily life with five children and two dogs, but they also loved their home, a circa 1920 Italianate Revival, and its charming neighborhood. The challenge for us was to expand and enhance what they already loved about the place while filling in some critical gaps without disrupting the overall character of the home.
Details original to the house were used to seamlessly stitch together old and new: graceful arched openings connect the Kitchen, Dining Room, and ancillary spaces; original rounded oak doors were salvaged and repurposed wherever possible; a custom blackened steel hood is tucked into a tiled niche for the range; new floors were stained to match the original.
A bar serves as a communion between new and old. Millwork and cabinetry are painted in the same smokey blue as the central island in the Kitchen. A natural grass-cloth wall covering adds warmth to finish the space.