A Period-Style Kitchen With Up-to-Date Function
Relocating a kitchen allows for more space and light; attention to detail gives it an inviting vintage look
When two people undertake a major redo, some negotiating is required. Vance Martin and Andrea Chin, owners of a 1909 house in Seattle, shared a vision of a colorful kitchen opening onto a porch. But he wanted a wood floor and cabinets with clear glass fronts, while she wanted no-fuss flooring and less transparency. They compromised with pale linoleum and seeded glass.
Working with designer Kim Clements, they negotiated other challenges, too, including the missing joists found while poking under the floor. When a wall came down—as part of the scheme to have the kitchen and the family room trade places—Clements realized ceiling beams had to go back up in a convincing old-house way. Details like arches trimmed to match ones on the porch also make the new space "feel like it has a heritage," she says—with amenities, of course, including a gas line threaded outside to feed Vance's grill. The redo's success reflects "a great partnership," he says, and on that, the whole family agrees.
Pictured: Cabinet tops double as display space for colorful vintage bottles. From left: Lily, then 14; Abby, 17; Andrea; and Vance.
Design and general contractor: Kevin Price and Kim Clements, J.A.S Design-Build.
The hodgepodge had only two keepers: the range and the fridge.
The existing range and hood are now complemented by a stainless-steel backsplash, soapstone countertops, and cabinets neatly finished with a display shelf and seeded-glass panels.
A coffered ceiling was built by boxing out and trimming beams for a Craftsman-style look.
At 160 square feet, the kitchen had room for a table but lacked storage, prep space, and style.
Relocated, expanded to 263 square feet, and joined to a porch, the space is sunnier, and big enough for an eating nook, an island—and plenty of family and friends.
1. Swapped places with the family room and annexed part of the hall to gain light, space, and porch access.
2. Placed an island at the center for food prep and socializing.
3. Added oversize windows, a sliding glass door, and a row of leaded panes to bring in lots of light, even in winter.
4. Flanked the range with countertops and cabinets for lots more storage and prep space.
5. Built in an eating nook, a pantry, and a sight line to the new dining room for better flow and function.