1925 Kitchen Renovationcomments (0) April 5th, 2009 in Project Gallery
Our 1925 bungalow in Asheville, NC, had seen many frightening updates in the last 80 years. As part of our whole-house restoration, we tackled the dysfunctional and ugly kitchen, whose notable features upon purchase of the home were:
- Awkwardly laid-out design, maze-like
- Laminate flooring over many layers of vinyl (including some with tar adhesive) and indoor/outdoor carpet...all over the original hardwood floors
- Paneling over plaster walls
- Wallpaper border along top of wall, covering gaps between paneling and ceiling, cabinetry and ceiling, etc
- Water damaged ceiling from long untended leak in upstairs bathroom
- Blue Formica countertops matching 1980's French wine theme in decor (fake grapes and vines hanging from trellaces, grape/wine themed wallpaper)
Primary improvements through renovation:
- Restored original plaster walls, installed period trim work
- Restored original hardwood floors
- New layout with central island and plenty of cabinet and counter space
- New mission style cabinets
- Concrete countertops
- Patio doors consistent with design
- Custom pot rack
Design or Plan used: My own design - Karen Ostergaard, Urban Home Revival
posted in: Project Gallery, kitchen, renovation, bungalow, 1920's
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Want to see the winner entries?
Fine Homebuilding editors are a finicky bunch, and opinionated too. So the task of narrowing down the nearly 150 entries from our “Before and After: What’s Old is New Again,” kitchen and bath contest to just five winners wasn’t easy.
After the field was narrowed down to a group of fifteen, the editors convened with coffee and notebooks into a conference room equipped with a projector (for easier viewing). After going back and forth, and sometimes cringing, a few entries kept rising above the others, and viola, we found our winners.
Thanks to all who entered, and congratulations to the winning participants who will be mailed a new, DeWalt 18V 1/2" XRP LiIon Hammerdrill/Drill/Driver kit.
To view the winners, and a few runners-up, click here.