Kitchen Before & After: An Old Kitchen Gets Some English Flavor

Kitchen Before & After: An Old Kitchen Gets Some English Flavor

Cambria Bold
Feb 4, 2013

When we first saw this dramatic kitchen transformation in Portland, we knew we needed to share it! As you'll see below, the designer did a modern tweak on the classic English scullery. The kitchen has an English flavor to it, while the materials are very local (and American-made) where possible. If the thought of Heath Ceramics tile and lighting and hardware from Rejuvenation gets you all excited, then jump below to see the 'After' photos!

Thanks to Amanda for sharing this kitchen with us! Designed by Michael Howells of Howells Architecture + Design in Portland, Oregon, here's what we learned about this fantastic renovation:


The kitchen replaces an old, unoriginal kitchen (and breakfast room) in the NE Portland home of a psychotherapist. As with all remodels he undertakes, [designer] Michael aimed for a timeless design, achieved by bringing elements of the past and present together. He took inspiration from the home's gracious English-influenced 1920s architecture and developed a concept that references English scullery kitchens of the past while also feeling fresh, modern, bold, and bright. The new kitchen maximizes natural light, improves circulation between kitchen, breakfast room, and the yard outdoors, and adds a refreshing jolt of color, to counteract Pacific NW gloom.

The space is small with an office off one side... and a dining room at the other end (adjacent to the breakfast nook), so it was a challenge to fit the program into the space without sacrificing, beauty, light, and function. In our unbiased opinion, we think Michael pulled it off, including ample storage space and room for the double oven the owner requested.


  • Countertop: "Absolute Black" granite with a honed finish
  • Tile: "Opal Blue"from Heath Ceramics

  • Sink: Shaws sink by Rohl

  • Cabinetry, custom-designed by Michael Howells, fabricated by Wolf And Son of Portland
  • Lighting and pulls: Rejuvenation

  • Paint color: Benjamin Moore's Wickham Gray

  • Appliances: JennAir

Around $60K for the kitchen. Note: the remodel was down to the studs — new walls, ceiling, floors etc. All previous appliances were donated to a nonprofit, The Rebuilding Center; waste was recycled via the city of Portland and Portland Wood Waste Management.

Thanks so much, Amanda!

Related: Before & After Transformations: 15 Fantastic Kitchen Makeovers

(Images: Anna M. Campbell)

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