Old-World Kitchen, Gracious New Fit
A gut redo yields a classic kitchen—no island here—with more
than a few surprises
Redoing a kitchen in a well-preserved 1920s house requires equal regard for the past and the present, and that was clearly the case for Jack and Shelley Trenouth, owners of an 82-year-old stucco house in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. They longed for a high-performance cooking space with the latest built-in appliances but also craved a strong period style. "Character was so important to us," says Shelley.
They kicked off the process by asking designer Ines Hanl to make a red Aga range the centerpiece of the kitchen while hiding the fridge. "We could have taken out a wall or put in an island, but we didn't want to forgo the flavor of the house," says Shelley. Not that function wasn't key too. Back-to-back sinks—mounted in a custom cherry hutch—offer prep and cleanup convenience, and a double-wide stack of stainless-steel appliances is tucked inside the pantry. To satisfy the couple's desire for order, two symmetrical banks of to-the-ceiling cabinets are crowned, glazed, footed, and aligned right down to the height of the drawers.
Shown: A pair of column fridges hides in cupboards; metal grilles on top let the compressors breathe.
The utilitarian kitchen and dark pantry were all work, no warmth.
after Most of the sink wall came down, and the room opened up to the pantry, with distinct areas for the cooking, food prep, and washing up.
The breakfast nook has built-in banquettes and an arched ceiling, just steps from the range.
"We made our table with an industrial cast-iron base and a wood top painted to match the cabinets."—Shelley Trenouth, Victoria, B.C., Canada
The pantry held the fridge but was nearly walled off from the kitchen.
Hidden column fridges flank a china-cabinet-style built-in. A cherry hutch with two sinks and a pass-through opened up a pantry wall.
1. Eliminated a door and moved the entry 18 inches to align it with the pantry opening.
2. Opened up the pantry by replacing a door with an arched opening.
3. Grouped appliances in the pantry, including a dishwasher, steam oven, coffee station, wine fridge, and twin microwaves.
4. Cut out a pass-through and surrounded it with a custom hutch that holds back-to-back sinks—one for food prep and one for cleanup.
5. Built in a breakfast nook sheltered by a curved ceiling and framed by an archway.