Column: Blending the old with the new in historic kitchen remodel

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EXISTING KITCHEN: This historic home located in downtown Noblesville was built in 1880. After living in the house 19 years, the homeowners realized it was time to update. “When the oven broke, I wanted to replace it with a new double oven but the space didn’t work. That’s when we decided to go ahead and remodel the entire kitchen as opposed to just replacing the oven.”

MORE ISLAND SEATING: The original island did not accommodate enough seating for the entire family. The base of the island was reduced, giving the countertop the needed overhang for additional bar stools. Also, the cooktop was relocated to the perimeter making it safe for the entire family to dine at the island.

UPDATING EXISTING CABINETS: “The original cabinets were dark with poor storage. However, they were still in great shape so we decided to keep them.” Existing cabinets were modified by a carpenter to make way for new stainless steel appliances. The base and perimeter cabinets were professionally painted with a beige color, making the kitchen appear larger. The island and pantry cabinets were painted in a contrasting gray.

COUNTERTOP AREA: Solid surface countertops in a “Mocha Granit” color were chosen for the perimeter, including a beautiful stone backsplash tile called “California Gold”. “The backsplash is our favorite part of the remodel. We especially love the enhanced look of the backsplash tile. After the backsplash was installed, we couldn’t stop staring at it. It’s beautiful.”

PLUMBING FIXTURES & HARDWARE: The existing plumbing fixtures were replaced with a double bowl under-mount stainless steel sink, a Delta pull down faucet and a matching filtered water faucet. The brushed nickel cabinet knobs were salvaged from the original kitchen, which blended perfectly with the new design of the kitchen.

FINAL RESULT: The homeowner appreciated the careful blend of old and new elements in the remodel of this historic kitchen. “Not only do we love it, our friends and family love it, too. We are all so proud of it.”

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