Actually, some things had. At different points, the 19th-century home's kitchen had most likely been moved from the basement to the first floor, joined by a bath, two closets, and a couple of claustrophobic hallways connecting the rooms. The revisions had in some ways made sense, but they had robbed the 3,000-square-foot house of its formal dining room, along with some original woodwork and detail, and left one side of the house feeling chopped up, recalls Jeff DeGraw, the architect Mark hired to improve the flow. DeGraw says the desire his client had is a common one: "He wanted to open up the convoluted space and restore the original bones."
A farmhouse table with ladder-back chairs takes the place of an island in the new kitchen. Random-width floorboards, made of eastern white pine and finished with tung oil, contribute to the room's warmth and character.
950 Natural Wicker (kitchen walls), HC-111 Nantucket Gray (kitchen cabinets and trim), Benjamin MooreRange: ThermadorTable and chairs: Lillian August