Patt, who designed the new kitchen layout herself, created a modern version of the so-called unfitted kitchens authentic to the Arts and Crafts period. In those kitchens, layouts followed no plan and virtually every appliance and cabinet stood alone. In Patt's update, she ran lightly stained, Douglas-fir Shaker-style cabinets only along the sink wall, and the sole built-in appliances are the dishwasher and a grill. The refrigerator and range, placed against the opposite wall in the same positions as their predecessors, stand independently, as does the table that centers the room. "A busy cook might find the layout frustrating," says Steve, "because you have to go around the table to get anywhere — but it serves this family's purposes." To make the arrangement more attractive to her renters, Patt factored in a small second sink near the dishwasher to handle the extra glassware a family typically uses during the summer. Patt had been searching for a 1940s-era stove when a friend back home offered her a second-hand commercial-grade refrigerator, range, and hood at a great price. Her husband rented a truck and drove them down. Patt particularly likes the refrigerator, because it is only 24 inches deep. But at 48 inches wide, it is hefty: "It took three guys to move it in here," she says. FINISHING TOUCHES
To enhance the unfitted look and complement the stainless-steel appliances, Patt placed a 30-by-72 inch kitchen table with a stainless top in the center of the room; it doubles as a work surface, taking the place of a traditional island. A Craftsman-inspired lighting fixture provides task lighting for food preparation as well as overall illumination for dining. To display her cookware, Patt bought moveable wire shelving on wheels. For the countertops, she chose a stonelike porcelain tile. The backsplash is tumbled marble in a similar hue. "The transformation of the kitchen — and the rest of the house — has made believers out of Patt's husband and sons, who've come to love the place as much as she does," says Steve. Her house, Patt adds, is now "a small piece of history preserved, too."
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