kitchen with pine and cherry cabinetry, new hardwood plank floor, honed black-granite countertops at Ravenroyd
Photographs: Jurgen Frank
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Gutting and replacing the kitchen shot to the top of the to-do list as soon as it was discovered that the leaking refrigerator had rotted the subfloor and the broken dishwasher could not be replaced without tearing out the surrounding cabinets.

The couple hired Michael Dougherty, of Craft-Way Kitchens, based in Wilmington, Delaware, whose crew lifted the room's vinyl flooring, leveled the surface, and installed new hardwood planks. The Scisciones wanted their new kitchen to keep its old-style charm while including up-to-date amenities, so they selected custom pine and cherry cabinets with a distressed finish, honed black-granite countertops, and a fireclay farmhouse sink. Adding a new mudroom/pantry/storage area at the back entrance, just outside the kitchen, made the most of the existing space without expanding the structure beyond its original framework.
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