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After tending to the project's structural issues, the design team sought to bring the space into the 21st century, with a modern palette that includes concrete countertops.

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  • Solve structural issues; create a contemporary black-on-white kitchen; combine functional space; bring in light


When demolition began, J. Francis Co. found brick exterior­ walls in danger of collapse, a variety of structural framing issues, and knob-and-tube wiring in this kitchen. The team built load-bearing temporary walls and laid brick veneer walls. They replaced the damaged ¾-inch pine flooring with salvaged heart pine flooring finished with a patina to match the other flooring in the house. To gain light, a “full-view” steel door onto the deck was installed. Walls and ceilings were plaster-coated to give the look and feel of the original.

To satisfy the clients’ ideas for a modern palette, the team used custom white oak cabinets and stained graphite and concrete countertops.

Judges’ comments

“The custom shelf details mimic what they once had but in a modern way,” the judges said, “and the windows are organized nicely.” Also praised was the attention to detail — how the “countertop comes up, and how the tile is detailed under window.” —Stacey Freed, senior editor, REMODELING.

Spec List

Countertops: Outlaw Studio

Dishwasher: Miele

Entry doors: Bliss Nor-Am

Hardware: Mockett

Kitchen cabinets: Hensen Fine Cabinetry

Lighting fixtures: Lightolier

Oven: Miele

Paints/stains: Sherwin Williams

Refrigerator: Northland

Windows: Pella Corp.

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