|This is the 4th article about taking an isolated galley kitchen in an older home and making it the center of the family’s activities.|
|This 1930′s stone house with Tudor influences, fronts onto Sligo Creek Park in Silver Spring, MD in a beautiful setting of very tall oak trees. Unfortunately, like many homes of it’s era, it did little to take advantage of the magnificent setting. The galley kitchen was in the back and completely cut off from all rooms. It was so small that the Refrigerator was relegated to a small add-on back vestibule. The client’s budget didn’t allow an addition but they wanted a larger more central kitchen and to open the home to indoor/outdoor living.
Here are the steps we took:
|This home is a good example of how to achieve a much greater sense of space and openness without putting on a new addition. Costs were kept down by working with the bones of the original house and limiting finish work. The finish work that was done, though, yields a rich palette and a bright freshness. For example, old, dark pine paneling was painted a bright white rather than replaced (see “A Coat of Paint“). In the only splurge, we used concrete counters and a stone and glass backsplash in colors and textures that compliment the front stone facade.
All images courtesy of Braitman Design/Buildd