A Farm House Renovation Project
A farm house of almost 200 years has been renovated with a new look and new technology; however, the character of the home remains unharmed.
A young couple took on a three-year project to completely renovate an old farmhouse, bringing new life to the aging piece of history. Walker Woodworking was excited to be a part of their renovation. The couple focused on handmade American products when selecting details for their home, and the cabinetry was no different.
Although most of the original house remained intact, Jason & Erin Metcalf had dreams of adding a kitchen to their 1840 circa farm house. The original home did not come equipped with a kitchen.
Throughout the years, different owners had made some upgrades to the home that included adding a small kitchen. The first step of the renovation the Metcalf’s made was to remove the part of the house that had been added on. They then began construction for their own detailed additions while leaving the original part of the home intact.
As with any remodel, the design phase can be most difficult due to the fact that you are working around existing beams and structures that must stay intact. The original structure of the home had no nails or screws but had been constructed using wooden peg joints, the Metcalf’s wanted those beams to be exposed where possible. The kitchen area was greatly affected by the exposed beams since they were load bearing and would be right in the middle of the kitchen.
The Walker Woodworking team took on the design challenge while working closely with the Metcalf’s to achieve their desire to have a state of the art kitchen that would display beauty, originality and function in their updated farm house. Other challenges existed in the actual construction and installation of the cabinetry due to uneven walls, and flooring, The beams located in the kitchen were also out of square which made it difficult to place cabinetry right next to them.
After the architectural portion of the project was completed, the cabinetry, appliances and other finishing touches were integrated into the almost 200 year-old home to achieve a modernized kitchen.
The overall cabinet designs feature a classic white color with streamlined door styles. The blending of clean lines, square posts, and a simple square hood design all add to the clean farmhouse look. Mullioned antique glass doors to display dishes, and open shelves were a couple of customized features in this kitchen. Other design elements that were added help transition the old with new, including: Quartzite counter-tops, slate and glass tile, a farm sink, and metallic casting pendant lamps.
Visit the Farm House Portfolio to see more pictures from this project.
For more pictures and information on the overall project you may visit the Metcalf’s personal blog page.