Kitchen Remodel by Summer Thornton Design
A Chicago Tudor-style kitchen is revamped by bringing the outside in.
This kitchen remodel by Summer Thornton Design brings an old world vibe to a previously dated, dark, and awkward space. The most significant part of the project involved bringing a screened porch into the house as conditioned space. Doing so allowed room for a breakfast table, fireplace, and sitting area backed by steel-framed windows. Custom built-ins, a medley of textured materials, and a strategic layout make the new kitchen a highly functional, visually stimulating, and social space. For more details and photos of the remodel, check out “Old-World Honesty” in this year’s Kitchens & Baths.
Photos by Werner Straube, courtesy of Meredith Corporation.
A farmhouse table island combined with antique oak floors in a chevron pattern imported from Paris lend the space a feeling of age and character.
Custom-made shelving and walnut cabinets with brass-plated steel-angle frames by Bladon Connor are distinctive design elements.
A Waterworks faucet, soapstone counters, and a Daltile tile backsplash combine for a modern-day rustic aesthetic.
To open the kitchen up and welcome light in, the existing screened porch was incorporated into the house as conditioned space, which made room for a new breakfast table and fireplace.
A cozy seating area surrounded by windows replaced a porch flanked with wings and a half-wall that formerly obstructed the view.