Homeowner, designer and builder, Mary Ludemann, renovated her basic tract home into a lovely vintage cottage without changing the imprint of the home or the basic floor plan. Adding a cased opening at the kitchen separated the room from the very open floor plan giving it just enough separation while maintaining an open flow between the rooms.
Cabinets go all the way to the 10’ ceiling giving the homeowner extra room for her collection of holiday dishware. A vertical row of 38 wine cubbies flank the right side of the fridge allowing the fridge doors to fully open, eliminating the need for unnecessary cabinet fillers and giving the wine loving homeowners a place to store their favorite bottles of wine. Mary literally used every inch of space effectively in this medium-sized kitchen as it needs to function well for a very active family of 4 including 2 young children. Horizontal shiplap siding lines the few exposed walls and 3 vintage milk glass lights hang from twisted cotton cord over the farmhouse sink and walnut butcher block island. Countertops are honed Carrera marble and the unique cooktop hood is made from salvaged antique pine flooring which was originally the flooring of a local tobacco mill.
The kitchen also features a 5.5’wide x 6’ tall and 12” deep pantry giving the homeowners incredible space for not only food storage, but also ample space for all the young children's craft materials and toys along the lower shelves. Mary used a sliding corkboard and magnetic blackboard rather than standard doors which eliminated the door swing space and also provided a central command center as this home doesn’t have a true mudroom or drop zone. On any given day, you’ll find these boards full of the family’s schedule, kid’s artwork and school papers, grocery list and recipes for that week’s dinners.
Mary also carved out a small space in a tight front foyer (which used to be a tiny coat closet) to add a built-in bench seat with oversized shoe drawers, hooks for coats and book bags, and plenty of basket space for all the overflow created by a busy family.
This is a very hardworking little house of just under 1500 sq ft. It is amazing to see the results of adding smartly designed details to solve home challenges without major structural changes.