An Arts and Crafts Kitchen Remodel
A modern kitchen draws inspiration from materials and methods popular at the beginning of the century.
Synopsis: An architect discusses the design of a remodeled Connecticut kitchen, which features materials such as quartersawn red oak and hand-glazed ceramic tile, as well as furniture-quality built-ins that give the kitchen an Arts and Crafts quality.
Older houses have built-in character, but sometimes it takes a tornado to help uncover it. The tornado in this case didn’t damage the house, which was built in the 1920s in Hamden, Connecticut, but it did uproot several large trees that had obscured the view of its somewhat plain facade. Dismayed by the loss of the trees, the home’s owners asked us to design new porches and a pergola to dress up the newly exposed exterior. This initial encounter, inspired by a natural disaster, eventually led us back into the cramped and dark kitchen.
Our original work on the house had introduced us to its Arts and Crafts elements, including an…