start to finish tout; Winchester kitchen; after
Photo: Webb Chappell
From the first day it was clear: The kitchen at the This Old House TV project in Winchester, Massachusetts, was old, dark, and outdated. When homeowners Kim Whittemore and Bruce Leasure bought the house, they got a 1960s cliche, down to the brown cabinets, gold-marbled Formica, and floral-stripe wallpaper. The room needed an overhaul, so the couple started planning almost as soon as they signed the check at the closing.


Over the next six months, the Winchester kitchen was demolished, reimagined, measured, ordered, and installed. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, flooring installers, and countertop fabricators created a period-appropriate kitchen for the 1922 Colonial Revival house. Now it's the couple's ideal kitchen — maybe their favorite room. "We love every detail in here,"says Bruce. "And let me tell you, there were a lot to keep track of."
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