Situated in the heart of horse country, this beautiful shingle style-home was once the carriage/barn to a grand estate. Over time the main property was subdivided and the barn was parceled off to either continue as a barn or become a single family home. Initially the property was converted to a single family home but with a very austere interior, when you entered the building you had no concept that you were in one of the oldest barns in the area. The property changed hands but this time it was purchased by my clients an artistic musical family with 4 young girls and a desire to entertain and restore this wonderful structure.
They had inherited a very boring kitchen that was cut off from the barn court (the main living area), which made family life and entertaining difficult. I set out to create a warm and inviting creative kitchen, by incorporating natural maple, cherry, brushed stoked painted white cabinets, leather and stainless. I envisioned an unfitted creative English style kitchen with an attention to joinery; using music, food and horses as my inspiration we created a kitchen that was fluid for a busy family. The 48” Duel Fuel Range installed in the corner takes center stage with a traditional wood hood “Up-towned” with high gloss custom blue green panels accented by natural maple and cherry. Wood cutting boards flank the range with a warming drawer close by…Large subway tiles installed to ceiling and natural maple & cherry used as bullnose wrap the hood and encases the steam oven and L-Series single wall oven. Avid bakers, I was able to take advantage of a nook under a stairwell and created a bake center for the four girls to be inspired and have fun in their kitchen. Located next to Appleton Farms, CSA is a way of life for my clients, being able to take home their produce and have a place to clean and prepare was a must. I installed a large stainless sink/counter with intergraded drain board to handle produce and many children’s art projects. The large curved island is a blend of maple and cherry we installed a 15” induction cooktop and prep sink along with multiple countertop materials. Carving out wood in the drawers we installed hand-stitched leather pulls and custom English brushed knobs for the doors throughout the kitchen. Moving towards the barn court I opened up the wall and installed a cherry breakfast nook. This created the much needed flow. Moving the 48” Side by Side Subzero refrigerator to a more centralized area and we installed the microwave drawer close by.
In front of the banquette and table I found a beautiful stone that had lovely movement and provided a transition to the barn court. Installing a under counter wine fridge accented with bridle leather pull transformed the breakfast area to a beautiful break front for entertaining. Hand blown turquoise jug lamp with rope is hung over the custom cherry and tiger maple table, insulator sconces though- out the kitchen with lovely clear sconces and rope detail over the island finish of this kitchen. This kitchen now feels right in this old barn firmly holding onto its roots but filled with creativity and a nod to a sustainable future.