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Watertown, MA 02472

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Project Reveal: French Country Kitchen

What a thrill it was to transform the original 1990’s builder’s kitchen into this elegant space!  Although the original layout worked, the island was small and awkwardly placed.  The style of the original oak cabinetry and Corian countertops didn’t fit with the style of the adjacent rooms in this open floor plan home.




The homeowners, who had a specific vision in mind and impeccable taste, were a pleasure to work with throughout the design and execution process.  They began by selecting their appliances and plumbing fixtures.

Choosing Miele for the appliances, their selections included the 36″ fully integrated refrigerator/freezer, the 36″ induction cooktop, integrated ventilation and the Dimension dishwasher. By enlarging the island and reorienting its direction, the Master Chef Oven and Chef series speed oven were installed in the cooking corridor of the kitchen and hidden from view.  Through our custom design, you’ll note how the appliances are fully flush-mounted into the framework of the cabinetry!

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The custom cabinetry from Pennville Custom Cabinets features a low-sheen finish, flush inset frames in a 5/4 construction.  Fully integrated closures on the doors, concealed hinges and Grass 3D drawer hardware are some of the detailed features included in the construction.  

The Franke 33″ Fireclay sink was placed on a traditional recessed sink base and the cooktop cabinet was designed to carry the same elements as the sink.  Polished nickel fixtures were used throughout the space including the various cabinetry hardware, lighting, and the Rohl Triflow faucet.

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Not only does the island have seating for four, but the decorative detail of the toe kick moldings, posts, and apron enhance the furniture-like nature of the piece. Included are six drawers and hidden storage behind the stools.

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The bar was added to a wall that originally housed an antique desk. At only 18″ deep, it includes a locking liquor cabinet, drawers, an 18″ deep Perlick beverage refrigerator, a custom wine storage rack, and glass front cabinets.  Designed to look like a piece of furniture, it is constructed of pecan, stained in a semi-transparent black stain and topped with Carrara marble.  It was the perfect complement to the white cabinetry with honed absolute black countertops.

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We also had the opportunity to reconfigure the laundry/mudroom combination.  The washer and dryer, original placed side by side and in full view from the kitchen, are now stacked in the inside corner allowing additional space in the room for a bench, hanging space, and functional baskets.

The open floor plan of the house made it difficult to define spaces.  We had the opportunity to add a soffit to the hallway and dining room and an arched opening (mimicking the arched window opposite it) in the living room.  Without losing the open feeling, we were now able to define the space with crown molding while enhancing the view to the adjacent rooms.

We just love this project!

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Living in The Big Apple – Part 2

There is a thrill in acquiring multi-functional, beautiful pieces for the loft-style condo.  For example, take this Indonesian cabinet.  Not only is it compact and sports beautiful details, it serves as a bar and cocktail serving station. As you can see,  wine is stored below. But, the cabinet door is hinged on the bottom with… Continue Reading

Hear what they are saying about us!

“We have been working with Kurt and Mark for over 5 years on a variety of jobs, both small (carpeting in a bedroom) and large (total kitchen and bath renovation). They make it all so easy with their expert advice, “can do” attitude, and professional contacts. Every suggestion they make is backed up with research,… Continue Reading

French Manor – Part 4

Now that most of the construction work is behind us, we are on the fast track to complete the finishes inside the home.  The grandness of the home, as exemplified through the large windows and beautiful archways, are highlighted as the plaster walls throughout each room are being finished.            … Continue Reading

Elegant English Country

Watch how we transformed the kitchen of this classic Royal Barry Willes Cape from a bad 1980’s rehab to a stunning English Country inspired space. Before The homeowners, who have lived in England on several occasions, wanted to bring some European flavor to their local home.  Disliking the distressed and antiqued look of quintessential English… Continue Reading

French Manor – Part 1

After the steeply sloped lot was leveled, the framing was completed.  Tons and tons of fill was brought in to level the land and a retaining wall is in the works behind the house to create a wonderful yard.  Now that the house is weather tight, we are currently in the process of final selection… Continue Reading

Pictures Speak a Thousand Words…

When planning a renovation, it is immensely helpful to the designer to have a starting point of your vision.  Although, you may not be able to articulate a particular style or describe a color, developing a photo library of your likes and dislikes is a great place to start. Browse by style, room, or location… Continue Reading

Good Things Come in Small Packages

When we found out that an antiquated town law prevented the homeowner’s from adding even the smallest addition to their traditional center entrance colonial, we went back to the drawing board to develop a kitchen plan that aesthetically and functionally met the laundry list of requests.  While not having the luxury of adding on to the existing structure,… Continue Reading