The kitchen in the house is a work of art in itself, and is the heart of the home.
Its professional-grade appliances include a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and Bosch dishwasher, disguised by cabinets from Quality Custom Cabinetry in American Cherry finish. The butler's pantry wet bar cabinetry hides the icemaker, while cabinetry above the marble countertop has glass doors for display of stemware. The visible appliances, including a combined convection/microwave oven and a gas range with electric oven (both Thermador), as well as sinks and faucets, are in stainless steel with a satin nickel finish for simplicity and consistency.
The kitchen sink is modeled after an old basin with integrated drain board. Puk lights hidden under the cabinetry illuminate the kitchen and wet bar counters. The center island and adjoining pantry/laundry room surfaces are done in traditional butcher block, with state-of-the-art Asko washer and dryer under-mounted to provide more counter space. (Bruce picked the Asko washer and dryer in stainless steel so they would match the exposed stainless appliances in kitchen.) And despite a large adjoining dining room, Kim reports that "everyone parks on the old English pub stools at the center island. We often don't even make it to the dining room at all, people seem so comfy cozy in the kitchen."
So it was with mixed feelings that Kim and Bruce put the house on the market. They're hoping to sell it right around the time that work on the Winchester house is complete, but anyone who's completed a sell one/buy one transaction knows that the timing rarely works out quite that neatly.
While the Winchester house is under renovation, Bruce and Kim are living in an extended-stay hotel in Waltham. They have a small two-bedroom unit with a kitchenette and living room, space they share with their Labrador retrievers. They report that it's actually quite cozy, although they're looking forward to living in one place again. During the construction, their furnishings and everything else except some clothing and files remain in Huntsville, and they're racking up a lot of air miles flying back and forth between homes.
A recent trip back to the Huntsville house was bittersweet—many new neighbors had completed their homes and moved in, and the landscape was lush and still in bloom. "I miss the front porch rockers," says Bruce, "and neighbors just stopping by to 'set a spell.' And Kim is suffering from plant withdrawal — she planted 1,500 bulbs in the yard this time last year!"
Not that they have any real regrets—Kim and Bruce are in love with their new home in Winchester and are looking forward to moving in when the project is complete. In fact, they see a lot of similarities between The Ledges in Huntsville and the Flats section of Winchester. "The original planners of the Flats 100 years ago were ahead of their time," says Kim. "Their people-friendly development standards probably just seemed like common sense to them. Now we call it New Urbanism!"
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