Sunday, August 15, 2010

This Old House - Top 10 Kitchen of all Time

April 2004

Cottage Kitchen

I don't live in a big place, nor do I want a lot of square footage, so this kitchen is just right for me. It has plenty of counter space so I could cook for guests (with a killer range), and lots of smartly placed storage, but it doesn't feel like a rambling echo chamber.

This kitchen was built into the 2003-2004 This Old House TV project, a small converted barn in Concord, Massachusetts. Because of its size, TOH general contractor Tom Silva had the luxury to build custom cabinets, including an ingenious angled drawer (inset) created to clear the oven door handle.
July/August 2005

Seaside Retreat

So many people go over the top with kitchens: cabinetry that looks like furniture from the antiques dealer, appliances that are less at home in the home and more at home out, like in a restaurant kitchen. This place has none of that and I love it for it. Simple appliances, a plain sink, lots of white paint that makes for a clean and airy feeling. Seems like a fine place to eat toast, if you ask me.

One of the things I especially like: the exterior screen door the homeowners brought inside for the pantry. It's a welcome touch of off-beat (and inexpensive) creativity in a world of mass-market design.- Scott Omelianuk, EditorWhat I like about this kitchen is that it reflects the origin of the house and its surroundings. This is a beach house from the turn-of-the-century South. The fixtures are humble and inventive (like the screen door on the pantry); the coloring is very beachy--tans, seafoam greens, blues--without being cheesy; and the glass-tile countertop is beautiful.
September 2006

The owner of this kitchen in Atlanta, Georgia proves to me that a little patience goes a long way. I liked the way he used one coat of linseed oil and three coats of hard wax to make the terra-cotta floor tiles shine. The beautifully handmade copper sink from Greece was a lucky find in one of his many excursions to local antiques markets.

July/August 2004
Craftsman Made Modern

I love this distinctive woodwork/cabinetry with its updated Arts-and-Crafts look. The cabinets themselves are highly decorative, crafted from a mix of blond maple, reddish mahogany, and ebonized walnut - many with patinated copper insets on the doors. It looks bright and colorful, even though it's all subdued wood and earth tones. I think it's a great example of fantastic design and craftsmanship - really a one-of-a-kind look

March 2005
Man's Kitchen

I see this well-appointed kitchen as both masculine and refined. The detail work on the countertops is exquisite. I also love the subtle lighting and beautiful cabinetry.
March 2006
It's All in the Details

I think the arched windows and cabinets of this kitchen add a charming decorative touch to the bright room.
January/February 2003
Salvaged Beauty

Here's what I think is cool: the owners of this cottage in Fairhope, Alabama, used salvaged wood to make the cabinets and floor. And it's great the way the stained glass and colored backsplash tiles add a fun and funky note.
July/August 2006
Colorful Family Space

I think the appeal of this design comes down to a pretty simple idea: yellow flat-panel base cabinets paired with soft green upper cabinets with divided lights. A dark teak T-shaped island and black granite countertops tie the cheerful, soft colors together and give them a sophisticated edge. There are some very nice details: turned leg insets, simple brackets, open shelves, a built-in hutch, a glass-tile inset in the backsplash over the stove. The effect is one of really well-crafted woodwork and warm, bright, happy color.

I like this kitchen because it showcases two different colors that complement each other to create an open, inviting space for both family and friends. The fact that the kitchen is a self-contained room, but has access to both the dining room and sun room, is also appealing. What makes this kitchen extra special are the details--i.e., the custom-built hutch, custom light fixtures and wood carving.

I love the open space and the light coming through the window--a clean-lined, open, yet airy space. And the light-green and yellow cabinets look great set against the black granite countertop, stainless steel range, and limestone floors. Looking out the window makes you want to walk out into the sun after breakfast.
March 2006
Raise High the Roof Beams

I love this kitchen for its seamless combination of old and new materials. During the renovation, the homeowners used reclaimed building materials whenever possible. For instance, the ceiling trusses were recovered from an Oregon warehouse and still feature the original bolts. The floors are 300-year-old Eastern heart pine from farmhands' quarters on a Virginia apple orchard. These elements, paired with a farmhouse sink, distressed cabinets, and rusted hardware, create a rustic and truly cathartic space.
July/August 1998
High Ceilings

My all-time favorite kitchen is from the TV show's winter project house (er, church) in San Francisco, back in 1998. I love the thick white marble countertop, mosaic tile floor, and chunky chrome hardware. The hinges and latches on the upper cabinets remind me of the ones on this enormous turn-of-the-century wooden and zinc-lined refrigerator box that my folks had in the old converted carriage house that I lived in as a kid.

The S.F. kitchen has a crisp and classic look that will never appear dated. Plus, I love how the homeowners took full advantage of the 14-foot ceiling by installing open shelving and super-high storage cabinets that are accessible by a ladder on a metal track. It's such a great use of space, and it gives you the feeling like you're in one of those old-school pharmacy/soda shops.

Provided by Donna Antonucci
Prudential Castle Point Realty

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