A Kitchen For Architects

Kitchen Remodel and Mudroom Addition - Columbus, Ohio (Clintonville)

As the title so bluntly states, this is our own kitchen.  My husband and I are both Architects.  He specializes in private-sector commercial work.  On this project, though, it was a joint collaboration.  "How was making decisions together since you're both so opinionated", you ask?  ...Oh, it was a challenge for both of us!

I'm going to preface the "before" shots you're about to see by saying that I am completely embarrassed to share them with you.  We lived in this horrible kitchen for nine years (we thought it would only be two).  

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Our home is a smaller one, built in 1928.  As with many of the homes that I do, it was extremely important to me that the quality of finishes, scale of spaces, and character of the details were consistent between the old and new spaces.  We wanted to connect the dining area with the kitchen more, but we wanted to make sure we kept the original "look" of the house without modernizing it too much.

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We wanted to use a mixture of colors and materials in the spaces.  Soapstone is an authentic, natural stone that was used a lot in furniture in the early twentieth century.  So, we incorporated it on the counter-top.  It was also important to us that we incorporate the same stained woodwork that exists in the rest of the house into the new spaces; evident on the windows and island.  The island is something that I designed and the cabinet company graciously agreed to make for us.  We absolutely love it.

We used a hand-made subway tile all the way to the ceiling, but this subway tile is a bit longer than vintage subway tile.  We mixed oil-rubbed bronze finishes with the pops of copper, too.

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In order to conceal a plumbing pipe, we needed to thicken the wall behind the range.  However, this allowed us to do two really great things: create a spice niche with beautiful etched tile above the range and cookbook shelves to the right of the small arch.  


You can see that we mimicked the original arches that already existed in our home.

Cabinetry is such an important part of any project.  It's even more important when you have an old house that already has custom cabinetry.  It's important to match and complement what's already there.  Also, in smaller houses like ours, it allowed us to maximize our space as much as possible.  As in, my husband's favorite cabinet above - elegantly named, "the random-grilling-utensils-cabinet".

This was a portion of the original breakfast nook in the house that we really wanted to keep.  We absolutely love this cozy space!

The powder room is pretty well-hidden behind a wall of paneling in the mudroom; which was entirely the intent.  The paneled wall hides all of the "stuff" and becomes a fun accent wall at the same time.

Clients always ask what my favorite style is.  I really don't have one...what's important to me is that whatever is done to each home respects and enhances what's already there, functions well for the people living there, and is beautiful, of course!  I don't want to try and make a house something it's not.  We tried to do that with our house.