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Our client has a unique relationship with their Dutch Colonial home. Located in the distinguished Irvington neighborhood of Portland, the home was previously owned for 80 years by a family friend. Our client remembered spending many hours of his childhood playing there. 

He loved the original details in this historic home, except for the 1960s kitchen. Like so many others renovated in the late midcentury, the kitchen felt out of place with pink formica countertops and plywood cabinetry. Our challenge was to transform an unwelcoming kitchen into a space that honored the architectural integrity of the home. 

The design restored the home's character while still retaining modern amenities. New narrow plank flooring was top-nailed to match the original hardwoods. A new pass through brought light and connectivity between the kitchen and dining room. Details evocative of a turn of the century home were prominent in the design, including a Rohl wall-mounted faucet, apron sink, inset cabinetry, crown moulding, and beautiful hand glazed tile. Once dark and dated, the new kitchen feels timeless and refreshing- the final puzzle piece for a truly lovely classic home.


-photos by Josh Partee

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