For two young Boston professionals (and avid Remodelista readers), long hours at work mean that home is a bit of a sanctuary, a personal “private space to unwind and, sort of, get away from everything.” So when they were looking to buy their first home, the two sought a fixer-upper that they could customize to suit their design sensibilities and minimal lifestyles. A 1920s Craftsman bungalow with great bones and a hopelessly outdated kitchen was exactly what they were looking for.
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The home’s original design featured three cramped, dark spaces on the ground floor. The couple, who prefer “clean, unfussy design” and “white, open spaces bathed in natural light,” sought a more open, fluid layout. With the help of Remodelista, the two sketched out a rough design, which they later refined with architects, Dan Hisel and Katie Flynn, as well as their contractor, Michel Beaudry.
The architect’s design involved a complete reorientation of the kitchen, which now centers around a light-filled door to the backyard. Several more floor-to-ceiling windows and doors throughout the downstairs add even more light, which is then reflected back by the white surfaces. The effect is a serene, cloudlike feel.
For warmth, the two relied on organic materials—wood, ceramics, and stone—and textured patterns, such as the backsplash made with Chaine Homme White Tiles from Fireclay Tiles; $50 per foot.
As yoga practitioners, the two “believe in a minimalist, low-consumption” lifestyle, which is reflected in the simplicity of their design.
By replacing the original wall and overhead cabinets with a second counter, the couple was able to not only open up the space but also create more working counter space, all while maintaining ample storage.
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