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Remodeling A Historic Kitchen

Remodeling A Historic Kitchen

Sunday, September 2, 2018
A historic kitchen isn’t usually equipped to meet the needs of modern families.

A historic kitchen isn’t usually equipped to meet the needs of modern families. Without soft-close drawers, granite countertops or the space to store a dozen appliances, these antiquated spaces provide more hassle than convenience. This 1920s Irvington kitchen was no exception, until the homeowners and Neil Kelly Design Consultant Barbara Miller transformed the space.

“Before the remodel, the kitchen literally had no counter space,” says Miller. “They were using cutting boards on cooktops.”

In order to transform this pocket-sized kitchen into a family gathering space, they had to get creative, using the existing kitchen, dining area and enclosed porch. The process was further complicated as the home required a Historic Review due to its age and location.

“Historic Reviews can add one to three months to your remodel,” says Miller, explaining that every remodel detail must be submitted, scrutinized and approved by a review board. “This kitchen went through a number of reviews and redesigns. The overall design process took six months and the building took five months.”