Tradition Sparkles in this 19th-century Kitchen Renovation
Written by Jenna Talbott • Photographed by Jessica Delaney // Molly Pidgeon, Principal Interior Designer of House of Dietrich, knew this 19th-century Charlestown home renovation would take some creative muscle. The client’s requests were as follows: maximize natural light, include historic and traditional elements, yet add some glam and high function. Check, check, check! The finished result clearly delivers.
Molly created an open concept for the first floor that included a kitchen, living room and powder room. Working within the existing footprint, she designed a large center island with a table extension to maximize seating. She added new windows for light, using skinny verticals to minimize sightlines to other homes in this dense neighborhood of Boston. A full panel patio door also contributes to the light-filled space, as well as providing additional access. The exposed beams are reclaimed barn board over existing and new structural constraints, and succeed in combining traditional elements with fresh, new sparkle.
[Images previously published in House Hunters Renovations, November 2017]