Renovating for the Right Kitchen
A tiny addition and more windows make a better space for period-appropriate cabinetry in a Craftsman-style home
With the exception of some superficial details, the kitchen in Gail and Peter’s 1918 house hadn’t changed in almost a century. One problem was that it didn’t match the original Craftsman-style woodwork in the rest of the house. It had other problems as well: It was small, it had just two windows, its access to the backyard was convoluted, it had old and outdated appliances, and its counter space was limited. Gail and Peter asked architect Daryl Hansen, whom they had already hired for a remodeling job, to tackle their kitchen as well. Hansen began by enclosing the covered entry, which added 52 sq. ft. This provided space for a long counter to run across the north wall, where Hansen also added a continuous bay of windows, two of which are fronted on the interior by backless cabinets with glass doors. These and other oak cabinets complement the woodwork in the living and dining rooms. On some of them, Hansen specified glass doors in which he inserted laser-cut metal designs. The new kitchen also features new appliances and a new peninsula, arranged for better circulation, as well as a new entry to the backyard.