Like many urban town-homes built in the 1850s, this 3700 sf house was long, narrow and compartmentalized. The renovation challenge: maintain the historic feel while opening up the space.
The antiquated kitchen wasn't working very well with the rest of the historic home. Not only was it awkwardly situated between the dining room and living room, the absence of windows combined with the dropped ceiling to create a space that was completely dark and dreary.
To improve traffic flow in the narrow town-home, the kitchen and dining room switched places and room openings were widened, allowing a see-through view of the main level. Natural light now fluidly flows throughout the space.
Outfitted with custom cabinetry and trim work, the renovated kitchen is both beautiful and functional. Intricate multi-stage crown molding houses up-lighting and indirect lighting to illuminate the spectacularly restored coffered ceiling. Creamy white cabinetry and a Carrera marble backsplash projects even more light into the space.
A custom-depth wall of pantries conceals everyday tasks from view, including a computer workstation. Other small appliances such as the microwave, toaster and coffee maker roll-out on shelves.
On the far side of the island, tucked out of view, the cook enjoys the convenience of a warming drawer, dishwasher, double wastebasket, wine refrigerator and icemaker. Extending the cabinetry up to the 12' ceiling height increased the storage quotient. A custom-made American Cherry rolling ladder provides access to the otherwise unreachable upper cabinets.
Dark and closed off no more, this Philadelphia kitchen now has a classic look, an abundance of natural light and a more open plan.