Kitchen at a Glance
Who lives here: A couple and their two young daughters
Location: Stockton, New Jersey
Size: 585 square feet (54 square meters)
Designer-Builder: Kim Wentzel of Lasley Brahaney Architecture + Construction
Interior designer: Katie Eastridge of Eastridge Design Home
Before heading inside to check out the kitchen, it’s nice to get a sense of the home’s architectural style. The original stone farmhouse was built in the 1730s. The stone addition on the left side of this photo and the larger addition on the back were added by the homeowner’s parents.
While the siding and window design match the older addition, the new roof is a copper-colored standing-seam metal roof. “To get additional ceiling height in the new kitchen, we had to go with a low-slope roof, which meant standard shingles were not an option,” Wentzel says. “There are existing slate shingles on the original portion of the home, but those tend to be very expensive. So metal roofing was an ideal option for drainage and the copper color goes very well with the stone and other existing exterior elements.”
“We had actually planned on painted cabinets at first,” Wentzel says. “But I’d given Katie Eastridge a sample of walnut that matched some of the flooring in other parts of the house to use when finding paint colors. When she saw it, she suggested doing the cabinets in walnut. It turned out so beautifully, and you don’t see walnut cabinets very often these days. Lately most of the new wood cabinets you see are white oak.”
Between the floor tiles and lower cabinets, the room is anchored in dark colors. The windows, the light walls and the Cambria quartz countertops add plenty of contrast and keep the room feeling bright. Wentzel also created a nice balance along this window wall. She wrapped the fridge in walnut to add warmth around the stainless steel. “Wrapping the fridge also created a sense of symmetry with the open shelves because there’s walnut in both corners,” she says.
While the kitchen’s clean-lined and uncluttered look leans modern, the materials, millwork and windows honor the historic architecture of the farmhouse. The flooring is composed of 24-by-24-inch porcelain tiles that look like slate. It’s a great durable material for the working farm.
A white farmhouse sink was an apt choice here. The small faucet provides filtered hot and cold water. The balance of old and new elements was a great way to integrate modern appliances in the historic home. The range has an induction stovetop and a pot filler. The hood is readymade, customized by a few inches on top to reach the high ceiling.
Wentzel replaced the linen closet with built-ins and shelves for a more open and pleasing look. Renovating the existing powder room was also part of the project. New wallpaper and sconces add some modern touches, while a Victorian-inspired sink suits the idea that the home evolved over the centuries.