the bay window creates a visual connection with the courtyard. Outside, the expanse of brick (below) is broken up by a fountain and strategically placed boxwood hedges.
ideal location for a new, larger, and more inviting kitchen. However, the space was plagued by
a confining 6½-foot ceiling height, a problem
solved by stealing square footage from the basement below and lowering the floor 16 inches.
Next came a new 7-foot bay, which fills the room
with natural light and creates cozy window seating for a rustic vintage farm table.
Help with the kitchen design came from
Heather Kraussé at The Kennebec Company
in Bath, Maine, the venerable firm known for
its historically inspired cabinetry. This was the
third renovation Armitage and Xarras had under-taken on Beacon Hill, and Armitage confidently
assumed the role of general contractor. “It really
was a labor of love for him,” says Kraussé.
The homeowners wanted a painted finish
for the cabinets. “It gives a fresher, less formal
look,” says Armitage. “We had the option of