The original wide-plank pine flooring and hand-hewn posts and beams in this rural farmhouse date back over 150 years. The home has a long, storied history, and it’s easy to feel the nostalgia just by walking inside. Our team at Bennett is proud to help write the next chapter in this home’s long history…
This 1800’s farmhouse was always full of charm and character. Bennett had previously upgraded the windows, siding, and roof on this home. So, while the exterior of this historic home had been renovated, the homeowners decided it was time to turn their focus on the interior. They intended to maintain that farmhouse charm but with 21st-century convenience, function, and elegance. Bennett Project Manager EJ Bonacker and Project Designer Justina Auer worked closely with the owners to develop a plan to reinvent the kitchen and dining area, while master carpenter Joe Cassidy executed the installations.
The soft neutral colors of the new cabinetry enhanced the couple’s eclectic antique collection. Due to structural limitations, our layout needed to stay close to the original kitchen footprint, but with updated appliances and storage features it lacked. With moving the refrigerator, a built-in combination microwave, oven and warming drawer could be added. The posts and beams that are centralized in the kitchen needed to be considered. This tied right into the island design, including a bookcase cabinet on the side, while the granite countertop wrapped around the post. The movement in the honed granite brings tranquility to the traditional raised panel cabinetry style that reminds us of heirloom country kitchens.
The farmhouse sink and clean white subway tile backsplash brighten the space. The island’s stainless steel 6-burner gas cooktop and high-powered vent hood contrast against the aged and dark wood texture of the post and beam.
A built-in banquette was installed below the picturesque window for the eat in space of the kitchen. Between the new kitchen and refinished floors, the banquette looks as if it has always been there.
While we refinished the original pine floors throughout the entire home, we decided that an encaustic bathroom floor tile would carry the farmhouse charm between the two adjacent rooms…stay tuned tomorrow to see photos of this incredible new bathroom!