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Kitchen of the Week: New Traditional Design in a 1900s House

Set in Seattle’s historic Capitol Hill neighborhood, this 1900s home has tons of appeal, but the kitchen was closed off, with just enough room for a mini fridge. Sarah Henry of Gaspar’s Construction worked with the family on a renovation to increase the kitchen’s size to 12 by 12 ft and add modern conveniences while maintaining the home’s unique character.

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Knocking down the rear wall opened the kitchen into the dining area and made room for a spacious Liebehrr refrigerator. Henry installed an end-grain butcher block bartop to your eat-in part of the kitchen; Richlite — a recycled paper product — constitutes the rest of the countertops.

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Like most families, this Seattle couple wanted loads of storage. Henry installed wall-to-wall and floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in the adjacent breakfast nook and dining room, and place a few shelves in the kitchen for cookbooks.

Marmoleum flooring — an environmentally friendly product made from linseed — in bold black with yellowish stripes adds an unexpected accent.

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Open cut down on costs. Shelves beside the cooker hold spices and cooking sauces. The big shelves proved to be a terrific way for the owners to display their Heath Ceramics set, but just like the majority of open shelving, it takes additional effort to keep things clean and organized.

Subway tile from Daltile and stainless steel produce a timeless and durable backsplash around the cooking space.

Range: Bluestar; dishwasher: Miele; cabinetry: Bellmont

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A rollout drawer under the sink offers easy-to-access storage within this tight area. A Fireclay sink from Rohl’s adds a timeless touch.

Faucet: Hans Grohe, Axor; Shop pulls: Rejuvenation Hardware

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Bends around into the dining room, helping make the kitchen feel like a more integral part of the house. The chalkboard and Schoolhouse Electric lighting add industrial, classic notes that are right in accordance with the home’s style.

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