After they determined to start out a household, inside designer Meredith and her husband realized that their one-bedroom duplex (with the bed room accessed by a dizzying spiral staircase) was simply not going to chop it anymore. After being outbid on 4 totally different homes, they lastly discovered their good place: an enthralling Tudor townhouse in Brooklyn’s Kensington neighborhood, with an apricot tree within the entrance yard and even — an amenity nearly exceptional in New York — a storage.
The home, whereas it had loads of character, was a particular fixer-upper. In-built 1941, the house had solely had one proprietor, and was in want of a bit of updating. When the house inspector noticed the cloth-wrapped aluminum electrical wiring, he begged the couple to switch it “so I can sleep at night. Really. Please. PLEASE.” Additionally in want of a facelift was the kitchen, with its growing old cabinetry and cramped footprint. Meredith needed a kitchen that might work for a contemporary house, however one which preserved all of the classic attraction of the unique.
The largest change to the kitchen was certainly one of structure: tearing down the wall between the kitchen and the adjoining breakfast room permits the kitchen to develop into the neighboring house, creating loads of room for further counter house, and likewise an island (a bit that Meredith salvaged from a neighbor’s trash!) which transforms the kitchen into an eat-in house.
A window behind the room overlooks the yard, and fills the kitchen with mild. Straight beneath is a classic enamel sink, paired with a contemporary restaurant-style sprayer faucet. To the left of the sink is a walk-in pantry. Portray the pantry’s doorway and partitions an aqua blue helps to outline the house, and add a bit of shade to the kitchen.
The centerpiece of the kitchen is the gorgeous classic Caloric range, equally as at house now because it was within the unique 1940s kitchen. Meredith paired it with a salvaged Sub-Zero fridge from Construct It Inexperienced in Gowanus, whose shiny charcoal entrance panel was the inspiration for the kitchen’s darkish, shiny decrease cupboards. A handmade subway tile backsplash provides only a trace of texture, the right final touch to a kitchen that superbly marries outdated and new.
Meredith and her husband discovered their contractor on Sweeten, a free service matching householders with native basic contractors. You may learn extra concerning the undertaking, see extra photographs, and discover sources on the Sweeten blog.