Many older houses evolved from a small, original structure that subsequently had additions built. Architect James Crisp, who works with houses that may be over two centuries old, says he always tries to restore the historic parts, then renovate or adjust additions in a way that’s complementary to the original intention.
Here, the oldest section had sustained extensive damage from water, termites, and rot. Not much that remained was salvageable. The exterior and entry porch were rebuilt more in keeping with history. Inside, rebuilding afforded an opportunity to open up the plan to create comfortable family spaces on a historic site.
The kitchen is all new, located in the same spot as the original. The owners asked for a classic, black-and-white scheme. Mixing materials—in this case marble, wood, and soapstone—is a common Crisp theme. The layout easily accommodates more than one cook. A prep sink serves the wood and marble counters of the island; someone can work from either side, out of the way of the stove or main sink.
A custom fabricated tambour door closes on an appliance garage. Wall ovens are set in the wall opposite the sink. The pantry is a large closet with double doors, located in a hallway with slate flooring, off the kitchen.
Last Updated: October 15, 2020
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