This week and last, Adam returned to New Hope, Pennsylvania in Bucks County to install a large modern vanity and some closet built-ins in a dramatic overhaul of an old stone farmhouse. The kitchen, described by the homeowner as “Extreme Shaker” style, also features white countertops and Miele appliances including an induction stovetop, oven, and steam oven in the island. For another look at the cabinetry, with a variety of views of the pantry pullouts and drawers in action, see this previous post. Shaker Knobs by Nice Knobs and Farrow + Ball Paint in Stony Ground.
The clean-lined 10 foot long vanity was designed by the homeowner and is deceptively simple-looking. It boasts a cantilevered Ash countertop, hand towel cutouts- and a very neat finish. First the lumber was bleached using a two part wood bleach, then three coats of soap finish were applied (nota bene – soap finish process and product described here). The soap finish is not yellowing or shiny at all and is frequently used on floors and furniture in Scandanavia. For another look at the construction of this vanity, see this previous post.
After a full day’s work installing custom closet rods and shelving ( painted Farrow & Ball Lamp Room Gray), our work at this remarkable house has been wrapped up- for now.
For three days near the end of July, Adam (with some much needed help- those tall cabinets were heavy!) installed the custom Shaker kitchen in New Hope. The homeowners added an addition to their stone farmhouse which more than doubled the living space. They chose very clean looking shaker style cabinets with a large center island, tons of drawers, and stately tall doors.
The kitchen is painted in Farrow & Ball’s color Stony Ground. Knobs are by Nice Knobs. The whole room will look quite different when the waterfall-edge concrete counters and state of the art appliances (including an induction range) are installed. The floors are antique lumber which helps to give this new room a feel that will mesh with the older portion of the home.
One of the unusual details in this room is the way that the cabinets meet up with the stairs into the room. The drawers were designed to fit right around the landing. Other unusual touches include the omission of a toe kick, integral ventilation grates, a special drawer with a paper towel holder in front (see the top island shot), a spice drawer, integrated knife block and silverware organizer, as well as the pantry (on the left hand side of the room) which boasts pocket doors.
This redesigned Bloomsburg, PA kitchen features natural cherry cabinets with flat Shaker panel doors, and inset doors and drawers.
All of our cabinetry is constructed with solid local lumber and FSC-certified furniture grade plywood and the finest hardware,
including soft-close self-closing undermount slides.
Changes to the original layout include 3″ more of cabinet wall length in either direction and a furniture-style hutch and island that would be painted a satin distressed black. Shaker wood knobs would be a matching black. There will be seven paneled ends including three sides of the island. The reworked design has a drawer to the right side of the range, for cooking utensils or spices.The island legs would be attached to the cabinetry and the apron around the counter would be eliminated (corbels would be included if need be, to support the countertop). The hutch has furniture legs and a decorative apron as well as an upper section primed for display- with two divided light doors, a beadboard back and corbeled sides that extend to the counter. The base of the hutch houses a blind corner larder unit that utilizes the hidden space, in addition to three drawers. To the left of of the hutch is an open bookcase for cookbooks. The garbage and recycling pullout has been relocated to the right of the ovens, close to the sink and dishwasher.
This is a natural cherry kitchen where we also installed hard maple counters. This was a kitchen that the Springhouse Woodshop designed to fit around the unusual shaped room. The large upper cabinets on the stove wall are actually full depth (24″) to utilize the depth on either side of the stone fireplace which is in the living room on the other side of the wall. Lots of prep area in this kitchen as well as a bar counter for seating or a serving buffet.