This large historic 1920s house in the Park Ave area of the city of Rochester, NY had a small kitchen originally designed for servants. The kitchen shared a wall with a butler’s pantry hallway separating it from the dining room and included pantry cabinetry and a large wash sink. While the butlers pantry and kitchen included interesting design details and were original to the house, they were not up to modern standards of living.
At the turn of the century, kitchens were often smaller and hidden from the view of guests. Particularly in large stately homes, like this one, servants would have their own sleeping quarters connected to the kitchen. This would keep the formal entryway and dining room for guests, hiding servants’ activities from view. Today kitchens serve as an important living space where family gathers to spend time together.
In redesigning the kitchen, it was important to our client to create a space that felt authentic to the style of the home, while opening up the space for hosting and entertaining a large family.
The client’s general contractor opened up the butler’s pantry to the kitchen, connecting the spaces into one large kitchen to suite today’s standard for this size home. A wood-look porcelain tile used throughout the space creates the appearance of antique wood flooring without the maintenance of real wood flooring and with all of the durability of porcelain tile.
A large island provides plenty of storage space, an ice maker and microwave drawer; as well as seating for family breakfasts. The Sub-Zero refrigerator blends into the pantry cabinetry to create the look of a furniture piece. A hutch style cabinetry piece is a nod to the original butler’s pantry.
Cabinetry: Brookhaven By Wood-Mode Framed Flush Inset
Cabinet Door Style: Pasadena Recessed Inset
Cabinet Wood Finish: Painted Nordic White
Countertops: LG Quartz Minuet
Sink: Kohler Farmhouse Sink
Backsplash: Quemere Ceramic Tile True White 3″x6″ field tile
Floor Tile: Wood-look Porcelain Tile
Refrigerator & Freezer: Sub-Zero
Wine Refrigerator: Sub-Zero
Microwave Drawer: Wolf
Kitchen Remodel in Rochester, NY