Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A professional executive coach and a beer distributor, their 10-year-old daughter, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis
Location: Groton, Massachusetts
Size: 251 square feet (23.3 square meters)
Designers: Halsey Platt and Diana MacLeod of Platt Builders
BEFORE: The kitchen in this historic home occupies a timber-frame wing off the original Cape Cod-style house, which used to be a barn. The height of the structure permitted only tiny 12-inch-high windows above the countertop. Windows on the other side took up the entire wall, leaving only lower cabinets for storage.
Although it was roomy and had desirable features, like the original wide-plank old-growth pine floor, it needed an update.
Vertical beadboard composite planking on the wall helps keep out moisture.
Clean white Shaker-style cabinets and black matte granite countertops highlight the natural beauty of the floor. Although the overall look strives for simplicity, MacLeod says there are a couple specialty items, such as a double waste and recycling drawer to the right of the sink, and a custom-built door to hide the microwave in the pantry.
Cabinets: in English Linen, Candlelight Cabinetry; Bakes cabinet pulls and Sheraton cabinet knobs: in Dark Antique, Horton Brasses; wall planking: in Benjamin Moore’s Mayonnaise OC-85, Boral; rustic glass pendant lights: Pottery Barn; Iron/Tones undermount sink: in white, Kohler; three-legged bridge faucet: Rohl; single-drawer dishwasher with panel: Fisher & Paykel
Since the rear wing used to be a barn, the newfound height also created an opportunity to emphasize the beams. Platt says they used three kinds. The beams over the stove, seen here, are original to the house. Others were relocated from other parts of the house, and some are new pine beams from a local sawmill.
Table: Lake and Mountain Home; hutch paint: The Old Fashioned Milk Paint Co.; Mali indoor-outdoor rug: in Indigo, Dash & Albert; 30-inch Pro Harmony gas range: Thermador; range hood liner: Fantech
Supporting the home’s history and barn narrative, a small wooden door at the peak above the refrigerator leads to an unusable area under the roof.
The glass door to the left of the refrigerator opens to a staircase that leads to a family room on the lower level.
French-door refrigerator: KitchenAid