I wanted this kitchen to fit in with the rest of the home's original early 20th century details, but not break the bank or overwhelm with Victorian ornamentation. Furthermore, the color of the cabinets had to be able to take on a lot of grey hues without feeling depressed, as the garden level was constructed about a foot underground, and the light came mostly from the North–it was very cave-like. This kitchen area had been completely gutted, so I had free reign to maximize the light and the counter space. I added a wall to enclose the new bathroom and to house the fridge and stove. I created an L-shaped cut-out in what had been a solid wall, to allow direct passage from the living room, let in more sunlight from the South, and to create a shelf for the owner's extensive antique bottle collection.
Photos by Julia Gillard