Dating back to the late 1800s, this “caretaker” house on Lake Erie would be a challenge for any designer, but Jennifer Hutton of Artisan Kitchens and Baths was more than up to the challenge. Looking to give the owners more space for their large family gatherings and dinners, the designer sought to fully gut and redo the space from the ground up.
A number of structural considerations were made during the remodel, as HVAC ducting, weight-bearing beams, and a staircase all ran through the room center. In order to work around these hurdles, Hutton removed several walls and partitions, lifted staircases, and raised landings, all in an effort to give the space a more open, free-flowing layout while still maintaining some classic, turn-of-the-century touches.
Modern upgrades like tall pantry cabinets, a professional appliance suite, a mudroom storage cabinet, and dual refrigerators were incorporated into the design. To honor the home’s heritage and location, more vintage elements were incorporated as well, including antiqued glass stacked cabinetry by Kemper in the Warwick door style and patterned tile floors using Daltile products. The result was a classic-meets-current aesthetic that blends perfectly with the region’s history and ambiance.