This home’s dated kitchen and over-compartmentalized rear hall contained exactly the elements needed to create an efficient and beautiful contiguous space that meets all the demands of its active family.
By removing a load-bearing wall and adding a partition with a cased opening to the rear foyer, Ernst re-purposed the space to create a proper family entrance along with ample storage for sports equipment and other trappings of a busy family life. The change also substantially enlarged the space allotted to the kitchen table, which now visually connects the kitchens’ central walnut island and a handsome floor-to-ceiling walnut hutch.
The national-award-winning kitchen designed by Peter Cardamone achieves efficient, rustic elegance in an open and welcoming space. Stepped perimeter cabinetry in glazed maple stained an opaque grey is surfaced with leathered verde Quartzite that repeats on the island. The countertops meet at the apex of the U in a large end-grain walnut chopping block centered under dual casement windows, while handmade tile hugs the room. Partially recessing the refrigerator better balances the U and provides more room to open the 36-inch Thermador.
Additional rustic elements, such as reclaimed wood beams, Edison bulb lighting fixture and natural zinc farm sink, mix with the transitional kitchen design to provide a seamless connection with the rest of the home.
Architect/Designer: Peter Cardamone
Location: Wyomissing, PA
Services: Interior Renovations
Completion Date: September 2013