When we first met, the owner of this lovely home told us that they had looked for years to find someone that they felt valued and appreciated their home in the same way that they did. After looking high and low and talking to many contractors they found us and knew it was a perfect fit. We started on a lengthy design process and ended up with a great result. This home is located in a historical district in Portland, and we didn't want to change the exterior appearance, but wanted to add to the functionality of a very dysfunctional kitchen.
Originally the range and sink were stuffed into a butler's pantry off the main space that housed some counters and the refrigerator. The primary challenge in the design involved how little wall space was in the kitchen. We had two tall windows, five doorways and a dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter had been decommissioned years earlier to eliminate the fire hazard of having a chase with no fire blocking run right up through the center of the house.
We ended up with a design that removed the old decommissioned dumbwaiter chase for refrigerator and pantry space. We designed a unique peninsula to add some seating while keeping the existing windows and re-installing a historic radiator.
The lights were custom made for our project by the Schoolhouse Electric Co. that has been making lighting in Portland for over a century. Our tile was also handmade in Portland with a Celtic knot pattern to highlight the owners descent from an Irish Clan.
Every care was taken in this project to update with great respect for the original design of the house, updated use for the owner and a lovely charm that will last another century.