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A Young Couple’s Boston-Area Kitchen Overhaul with Bosch Appliances

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A Young Couple’s Boston-Area Kitchen Overhaul with Bosch Appliances

March 24, 2017

In partnership with Bosch Home Appliances, we’re spotlighting a new modern kitchen in a historic row house in Somerville, Massachusetts, by interior designer Chris Greenawalt of Philadelphia’s Bunker Workshop. As a designer who has worked extensively in the northeast, Greenawalt knows a thing or two about marrying modern functionality with historic character—and Bosch is always his first choice for kitchen appliances.

Although they were initially charmed by the historic details of their newly purchased, 19th-century Italianate home, Greenawalt’s clients quickly discovered the realities of Victorian living. “The interiors were a hodgepodge of tiny, disjointed rooms,” the couple says. “The ceilings were three different heights, the floors were three different materials, the space was dark, and there was very little storage.” To remedy the situation, they turned to Greenawalt, who created a more unified, functional space with a modern kitchen as its centerpiece.

Photography by Joyelle West for Remodelista. Styling by Justine Hand.

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Above: The original kitchen was crammed into a dim back corner. But Greenawalt knew that the kitchen, as the focal point of the new space, should be relocated along an exposed brick wall where the living and dining rooms used to be.
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Above: Greenawalt gutted the first floor, allowing light to flood the entire length of the house and revealing 130-year-old ceiling beams.

My clients wanted “a space that they could grow into; something modern, but that wasn’t too cold,” Greenawalt says. “This was never going to be a problem, considering the existing warm, historic materials.”

to add storage in the narrow space, greenawalt used a row of inexpensive ikea v 12
Above: To add storage in the narrow space, Greenawalt used a row of inexpensive Ikea Veddinge cabinets in stark white to frame the original exposed brick wall. He extended the clean, modern lines with minimal appliances, including a recessed sink and a Bosch 30-Inch Induction Cooktop.
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Above: The couple notes: “One of the biggest decisions we made was to go with the induction cooktop.”

After extensive research, the couple settled on an induction cooktop. “It cooks evenly, you can pinpoint the temperature, and the Speed Boost feature lets you boil a big pot of water in 60 seconds,” they say. “Plus it’s easy to clean and the cooktop only heats up the area directly beneath a pan instead of the entire burner.”

when not in use, the bosch downdraft range hood retracts completely into the c 14
Above: When not in use, the Bosch Downdraft Range Hood retracts completely into the countertop.

“We didn’t want a big hood protruding from the ceiling,” the homeowners say. “So the Bosch downdraft/recirculation combo was a great design solution for us, and the performance has exceeded our expectations.”

natural elements: a branch of pure, white quince complements the walnut waterf 15
Above: Natural elements: A branch of pure, white quince complements the walnut waterfall countertop from Grothouse.
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Above: A Bosch Panel-Ready Refrigerator and Freezer allowed Greenawalt to customize a seamless look with the adjacent cabinets.

“I like to use panels on my appliances,” he said. “The Bosch fridge allowed us to keep our built-in look and remain within budget.” The brushed steel Bosch refrigerator handles nicely complement the Schwinn satin nickel hardware.

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Above: “The Bosch refrigerator was the perfect size for our small kitchen,” Greenawalt’s clients say. “It’s whisper-quiet, spacious on the inside, and allowed us to achieve a streamlined look.”
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Above: Greenawalt notes that Bosch “hits all of the marks while remaining at a mid-tier price point.”

When he worked for a modern housing developer early in his career, Greenawalt says, “We chose Bosch for appliances because buyers trusted its reputation, the look aligned with our aesthetic, and most importantly, we wouldn’t get calls about broken appliances. Today, I’m working directly with clients and still recommend Bosch.”

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Above: A detail of the Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher, tucked discreetly under the counter. “We chose Bosch appliances because we like the aesthetic, quality, reputation, and price point. After extensive research, Bosch met all of our criteria,” the homeowners say.
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Above: An MGS Spin HD Kitchen Faucet in matte stainless steel complements the silvery matte finishes of the nearby Bosch appliances.
a bar installed at one end of the kitchen has a brizo 639\20lf matte white sol 21
Above: A bar installed at one end of the kitchen has a Brizo 63920LF Matte White Solna Pull-Down Bar Faucet and open shelving made from repurposed stair treads.

For more information, visit Bosch Home Appliances.

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