Another successful collaboration with kitchen designer David Stimmel made the pages of Signature Kitchens & Baths Winter 2013 edition (page 34). The existing 300-year-old kitchen was decidedly dark and dreary. Custom coffers and multistage crown molding add drama and host lighting that illuminates intricate details overhead and below. Creamy white cabinetry and white Carrera marble project even more light. A track and rolling ladder provides access to cabinetry that reaches the 12′ ceiling height.
The new homeowner wanted 21st century functionality from a circa 1893 Horace Trumbauer designed Shingle Style Victorian.
The architect kept true to the home’s original architecture to seamlessly blend the old (pictured above) with the new (pictured below).
Here’s why it works: Stone masonry is used at the ground level, while stick frame walls are used above. The existing roof pitch, soffit overhang, window headers, the wall flare at the second floor, siding and roofing, etcetera are carried through to blend the new and old masonry.
A new attached 2-car garage was added and a new driveway approach was designed in order to reclaim much of the front yard. The garage doors were turned away from the street elevation and new windows consistent with the rest of the house disguise the 21st century function behind them.
The architect’s restoration and modernization plan included renovating the kitchen and attaching a breakfast area and small family den along with an attached two-car garage, mudroom, and pantry. On the second floor, an additional bedroom allows the entire family to reside on the same level. New heating and cooling systems and the restoration or historically accurate replacement of all interior and exterior finishes and fixtures completed the homeowner’s objectives. The result is a dramatic, classic yet modern home.
The standard glass shower enclosure is composed of a relatively thin piece of glass framed with metal for extra strength. Although much cheaper to produce and install, standard enclosures tend to collect mold and last only about a third as long as frameless glass enclosures. But want to know why we really love frameless? Cause they’re purrrdy and much less likely to harbor disgusting colonies of mold and mildew. The thicker tempered glass costs more to fabricate and install but we think the streamlined look and extended durability far outweighs the competition.
Our Verdict: Totally Splurge-Worthy!
Warmth abounds in this custom tailored kitchen renovation situated on Delancey Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Earthy and inviting soapstone countertops and creamy cabinets mix surprisingly well with the urban feel of the stainless steel apron front sink and appliances.
Like it? Get the look:
1 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops
2 – Conestoga Cabinets in Hard Maple Finished with Brown Glaze
3 – Natural Walnut Island Top with 2″ Square Edge (by Conestoga)
4 – Cherry Wood Island Sealed with Blue/Gray Paint Stain (also by Conestoga)
5 – GE Monogram Duel Fuel Range and Stainless Steel Backsplash
9 – Hand Made Tile Customized with Reproductions of Etchings from 17th Century French Artist Jaques Callot
10 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops
An increasingly popular trend in our informal lifestyle is outdoor living – a great way to combine indoor luxuries with the pleasures of the great outdoors. Televisions, fireplaces, ceiling fans, ambient lighting, cozy furniture – all are finding their way outside. As the trend becomes more widespread – we’re seeing an increase in the variety of products designed for use in an outdoor kitchen as well – including pizza ovens, wine coolers, warming drawers and even dishwashers.
Homeowners extend the use of these outdoor living areas by choosing structures that can be either fully open or closed depending on the season.