Taketomo added 120
square feet to the existing
by building a half-octagonal bay in which
three sets of French doors
open to the backyard
terrace and garden.
As in most Victorians, the home’s rooms
were “inward turning,” Taketomo says. His
plan was to make the kitchen, which is at
the back of the house, face outward by opening up the rear wall to the tiny heart-shaped
pocket garden that constitutes the backyard.
Where the old kitchen had one sliding door
to the garden, Taketomo’s design added 120
square feet with a half-octagonal bay of windows with three sets of French doors and
a panoramic view of the garden, which now
merges seamlessly with the indoor space. Outside, a dramatic arbor wraps around the bay,
waiting for the wisteria Klaussen planted to
While natural light pours into the kitchen by day, Taketomo brought in consultant
Jeffrey T. Berg of Berg Lighting Design of
Cambridge, Massachusetts, to help with night
illumination. Berg used up-lighting for the
ceiling to give the room a lofty sensibility.
Elsewhere, he installed downlights and pendants to provide diffused lighting, “because
people look good in that,” says Taketomo.
23 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773