Preserving the Past:
Before delving into remodeling, it is crucial to understand the significance of preserving historic homes. It was essential for the current homeowners to retain the historical aspects in the most original condition possible while modernizing the house. Therefore, most formal living and dining rooms have been untouched, and the original hardwood floor, wall paneling, and fireplace mantels have been kept. With its classic architectural elements and unique character, Magnolia Grove posed a delightful challenge. Walker Woodworking, known for its craftsmanship and commitment to detail, was responsible for seamlessly integrating modern amenities without compromising historical integrity.
The goal of the renovation was to create cabinetry that complemented the existing aesthetics and enhanced the overall visual appeal. The homeowners wanted to include a LaCornue Chateau Series Range encircled by a traditional stone mantel-style hood. They also provided several inspirational photos they had been saving for years in anticipation of this project. Considering the home’s history and the client’s desires, we chose a European farmhouse-style kitchen.
The heart of any home is its kitchen, and Magnolia Grove Home’s kitchen underwent a remarkable transformation. Walker Woodworking introduced custom cabinets that seamlessly blended with the historical setting. Incorporating modern appliances behind classic cabinet doors symbolizes harmonizing the old with the new. Glass doors were duplicated in the design to make an entrance to the laundry room hidden by mimicking the same appearance of the paneled refrigerator/freezer combo. We were also able to incorporate exposed brick into the cabinetry design.
The clients wanted an intricate, unique door style to match the home and wanted to add color & character to the cabinets. So, we had specialty knives made for the doors and created a custom paint and glaze color to pair with the exposed brick.
Once the interior walls were opened, we created a large galley-style kitchen on a thirty-foot wall. This section housed the range, two farm sinks, and two dishwashers. We also added two 40″ wide pantry cabinets with rollout shelves for easy access and storage of dry goods and countertop appliances. Adding 14 drawers to keep things organized was also an added benefit.
We outsourced the large cast stone hood and the iron pot rack bar positioned over the LaCornue Chateau European Style range to add a touch of the European Farmhouse design elements. To top it all off, we selected a unique marble tile backsplash that added a subtle but modern flair to the area.
We made a built-in area on the opposite wall to house Sub-Zero 30″ refrigerator and freezer units. The appliance panels had decorative antique mirrors and applied moldings to make them look more like furniture pieces. The homeowner found antique brass handles from an old yacht to use as appliance pulls. We also had a hidden stacked washer & dryer unit behind a cabinet door that looked like part of the built-in cabinets.
The island is also made with a farmhouse design in mind. A marble top recessed into the wood top was a unique feature of this kitchen. Due to the size of the island, it had to be assembled on-site. This 102″ x 45″ island had two wide drawers for additional storage. The island was made of quarter-sawn white oak, another popular wood style used in homes in the 1800s. It was finished with a unique oil finish to enhance the wood grain. Over the island was an antique fixture from Italy that had to be reworked for modern electricity.
The Hutch was designed to incorporate the era of the home and European style and to showcase the client’s extensive antique china collection. The door design matches the door panels from the kitchen cabinets. We used an English antique Flemish glass as well as Cremone bolt hardware.
A Guiding Light for Future Generations.
The Magnolia Grove Home emerges from its meticulous remodel as a residence and a living testament to the seamless fusion of past and present. Walker Woodworking’s expert craftsmanship and unwavering commitment to preserving the essence of history have orchestrated a symphony of elegance within the walls of this historic gem.
The result is nothing short of magical—a tapestry where the whispers of centuries past resonate alongside the pulse of contemporary living. As the grandeur of Magnolia Grove is unveiled through each thoughtfully restored detail, one can almost feel the echoes of David Smith’s vision reverberating through time.
The harmonious marriage of architectural splendor from the 19th century and the bespoke innovations of the 21st century breathes new life into Magnolia Grove. It stands not just as a residence but as a living narrative, each room a chapter, and every meticulous carving a sentence etched into the annals of history.
Like a masterful storyteller, Walker Woodworking has skillfully woven together the threads of antiquity and innovation. Once a silent witness to the changing tides of centuries, Magnolia Grove proudly boasts a reinvigorated spirit. Its halls, once echoing with the footsteps of history, are now animated by the laughter of contemporary life.
The journey from the grand entrance to the intricate custom cabinetry of the European farmhouse-style kitchen is a visual symphony. It’s a journey where the old and the new dance in perfect harmony, and the transition from untouched living and dining rooms to seamlessly integrated modern amenities is a testament to the delicate balance achieved.
As Magnolia Grove stands, resplendent in its renewed glory, it preserves its history and becomes a beacon—a guiding light for future generations. It invites admirers to witness the past and participate in its ongoing narrative. With every step, the creak of the hardwood floors narrates a story, and the hand-carved banister extends an invitation to explore further.
In the hands of Walker Woodworking, Magnolia Grove has not merely undergone a remodel; it has undergone a rebirth. It is now poised to write new chapters in the saga of Iron Station’s history, embodying the spirit of resilience, adaptability, and timelessness. The Magnolia Grove Home stands tall, an architectural marvel, a living legacy, and an enchanting intersection of the old and the new.
Historical information was gathered from the National Register of Historic Places.