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Renovation of 1929 kitchen w/1970s remodel

comments (0) April 3rd, 2009 in Project Gallery
KTheoJ KTheoJ, member

Only the original base cabinet and one of the upper cupboards were kept. Before reinstalling they were sanded and oiled to highlight the woods natural grain and beauty. At the far end of the counter, next to the stove, I custom built a floor-to-ceiling pull-out pantry to match the existing cabinets. I poured a concrete counter top in place and added a copper back-splash around the counter top and stove area to protect the walls from splatter. Ceiling work lights were installed over the sink and counter top as well as in the center of the room to provide general lighting. A commercial grade stainless steel exhaust hood was installed for use with the Viking stove. I modified a portable dishwasher and built it into the cabinet base next to the sink. The flooring is 12-inch-square slate laid on a 1/3 diagonal pattern to draw the eye towards the concrete counter top and stove/pantry area.
The 128 square foot original 1929 kitchen had been remodeled sometime in the 1970s and had a lowered-panel false-ceiling to hide the original failing plaster-and-lathe ceiling. Hidden behind the center of the false ceiling was a fluorescent light fixture that provided the kitchens light source.  Original wood floors were covered with more than a 2-inch layering of linoleum, plywood and then more linoleum. The outside exterior walls were covered with 1/4 plywood to keep the plaster and lathe from falling down. Multiple layers of wallpaper and paint covered all the walls, Two small windows provided minimal natural light.
First, I competely gutted the kitchen down to the studs. This proved to be quite a task considering the multiple layers of flooring and wall. Once the walls were opened up the small window above the kitchen sink was torn out and replaced with a 6-foot long window with two sliders. The window at the far end of the room was removed and the wall opened up and framed for a glass paneled back door. (A small landing connects this back door to the deck.) The 2x4 ceiling joists were sistered and then strong-backed for support, as well as to eliminate any sagging. I framed in the old porch steps, eliminating the original back door and adding about 12 square feet of space to the room.
A brick chimney was completely removed down to the crawl space under the house. This space was reclaimed later as closet space in the master bedroom. The wiring and plumbing were also brought up to code while the walls were open. The outside walls were insulated and all the walls were covered with 5/8 inch sheetrock (screwed, not nailed) and finished smooth wall.
The tables custom 1/4-inch stainless steel brackets were water-jet cut and the design incorporated a maple leaf pattern. The brackets were lagged bolted to the custom-made 2x4 oak studs for supporting the oak table top which was salvaged from an old oak trestle table. A copper threshold provides the transition between the living room bamboo floor and the kitchens slate floor.
Only the original base cabinet and one of the upper cupboards were kept. Before reinstalling they were sanded and oiled to highlight the woods natural grain and beauty. At the far end of the counter, next to the stove, I custom built a floor-to-ceiling pull-out pantry to match the existing cabinets. I poured a concrete counter top in place and added a copper back-splash around the counter top and stove area to protect the walls from splatter. Ceiling work lights were installed over the sink and counter top as well as in the center of the room to provide general lighting. A commercial grade stainless steel exhaust hood was installed for use with the Viking stove. I modified a portable dishwasher and built it into the cabinet base next to the sink. The flooring is 12-inch-square slate laid on a 1/3 diagonal pattern to draw the eye towards the concrete counter top and stove/pantry area.Click To Enlarge

Only the original base cabinet and one of the upper cupboards were kept. Before reinstalling they were sanded and oiled to highlight the wood's natural grain and beauty. At the far end of the counter, next to the stove, I custom built a floor-to-ceiling pull-out pantry to match the existing cabinets. I poured a concrete counter top in place and added a copper back-splash around the counter top and stove area to protect the walls from splatter. Ceiling work lights were installed over the sink and counter top as well as in the center of the room to provide general lighting. A commercial grade stainless steel exhaust hood was installed for use with the Viking stove. I modified a portable dishwasher and built it into the cabinet base next to the sink. The flooring is 12-inch-square slate laid on a 1/3 diagonal pattern to draw the eye towards the concrete counter top and stove/pantry area.


This kitchen remodel was completed in 1999. My wife and I took on this project that started during my summer break from college before starting the engineering program at the U of W (spring of 2000). I did most of the hard core construction work during the summer and the finish work was completed by Thanksgiving. We bought the lighting fixtures from Restoration Hardware (Portland store), which I modified after I found they were too long for the space over the kitchen sink. We bought the slate floors at a liquidation sale and most of the other materials at Home Depot and spent just under $6,000 for the completed kitchen. Later, we bought the Viking stove with a bonus from my wife's work.

(Not pictured is the corner-former-porch area where the refrigerator stands next to an antique mission side-board, which is under a custom steel pot-and-pan rack I designed and fabricated many years earlier.)


Design or Plan used: My Own Design - Kevin T. Jury
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