The owners of this home loved the colorful character of the original kitchen and the simple charm of their post-war cottage. But the useful life of the 50’s-era kitchen had all but been used up and the compartmentalized floor plan made it difficult to host family gatherings.
The homeowners wanted the new kitchen to maintain the character of the original while providing for their current needs as well as the possibility of aging in place. This meant that the wall between the dining room and kitchen had to be opened up to improve the work triangle and to make it easier to get around in the busiest part of the house. The design solution also included an addition of less than 150 square feet. This small amount of additional space allowed room for an island with seating for three, an indoor laundry center and a pantry.
The new kitchen functions like a modern kitchen but is built around a vintage Wedgewood stove. This refurbished appliance is flanked by backsplash-height windows to allow afternoon light and to catch the Delta Breeze. The open plan also improves sightlines to the garden beyond the new sink location. The tangerine-orange pantry ties in with the brightly colored dishware in the glass front upper cabinets.
As a way of preserving the history of the house, the original ceiling light fixtures were re-wired to meet current energy codes and reinstalled above the island to shine over many more meals and celebrations.