Italian cabinetry and stainless steel. With an induction cooktop, multiple wall ovens, a
wine cooler, and banks of wall storage, its main event is a dramatic L-shaped island that
is a combination of steel work area and planked wood table. “If I’m going to go through
all of this,” the husband remembers thinking, “I want to walk into a new space, not just
a room with new cabinets.”
To expand the kitchen, posts (remnants of the original house’s exterior wall) were
removed from the middle of the room. New structural beams were installed and 18
inches of extra height was gained from the attic. Walker moved a half-bath and laundry room into an adjacent addition. The resulting space is high, wide, and magnetic,
its sheer scale providing visual impact.
Uniting all the rooms is subtle, soothing color, the work of interior designer Patrick
Planeta of Planeta Basque Boston, who collaborated with Walker and the homeowners
to “tone it all down.” The wife was particularly tired of living with cold
white walls, so Planeta used faint notes of red in the different shades of
white he employed. The living room, for example, has baseboards in one
tone, walls in another, and three others on each successive ceiling soffit.
The final touch: changing all the pickled white flooring to a deep coco-
nut brown. “It makes each room seem bigger,” says Planeta, while firmly grounding the
rugs and furniture, much of which came from Montage.
True to his enthusiastic and engaged style, the homeowner acted as his own general
contractor. The work took a bit more than a year and involved dozens of tradespeople
to harmonize style and structure. Yet as complex as the renovation was, the result is a
symphony of calm.
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