We love the look of rich, gleaming wood in the kitchen. When it's done well, as it is in this renovated Arts and Crafts kitchen, it feels so warm and inviting. There are a few other things about this kitchen, too, that caught us. The owner, architect John Clagett, made some unusual design choices that really seem to work. This article at PointClickHome is really worth a read. The owners of this modest-sized kitchen (it's about 10x12) found peeling cabinet paint and ugly linoleum floors when they moved in. They struggled with the size and layout, especially given the placement of the two windows. Ultimately, they decided to put the full-size refrigerator in the basement and use a small, undercounter fridge in the kitchen itself. And not only did they downsize, but the fridge floats in the middle of the kitchen under an island cabinet!
This is a very unusual solution, but actually quite brilliant. We have thought about putting our big-box fridge in the basement of our bungalow too; we open the freezer so rarely!
We also love how in this kitchen the owners used reclaimed wood for the cabinets, and how they pulled up the linoleum and repaired the wood floors underneath. They also made creative use of an overhead light fixture, adding racks for glasses and utensils and even a paper towel holder!
Overall, we found this kitchen to be a really interesting example of a cook forming a kitchen directly to her needs. The owner says, "By now I really know how I cook, how I work in a kitchen. I didn't want it to be grand, but I did want to make sure it wouldn't stand apart from me." Isn't that what we all want from our kitchens, in the end?
• Read the full article: A Kitchen Crafted with Care at PointClickHome
• More information about the owner and architect: John Clagett
(Images: John Gould Bessler/PointClickHome)