Renovating for the Right Kitchen
A tiny addition and more windows make a better space for period-appropriate cabinetry in a Craftsman-style home.
Synopsis: With the exception of some superficial details, the kitchen in Gail and Peter’s 1918 house hadn’t changed in almost a century. 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.
I had not quite finished the remodel of Gail and Peter’s house when Gail said to me, “You know, Daryl, we have to do the kitchen next. I have always wanted to have a beautiful, functional kitchen.” Gail and Peter’s existing kitchen never matched the original Craftsman-style woodwork in the rest of their 1918 house, and that period detailing had been a big factor behind their purchase of the house.
The kitchen had other problems as well: It was small, it had only two small windows, and its access to the backyard was convoluted. The appliances were old and outdated, and they interrupted the circulation. Working in the kitchen required lots of walking back and forth, and the counter space was limited for a house of its size.
First, expand the space
More space would require an addition, and the existing covered entry seemed like a good place to start. By enclosing the L-shape…