Final 12 months Brooklyn architect Gerry Smith spent 48 hours answering reader questions on his overhaul of a 1910 neoclassical brownstone that “had scarcely been altered in its first 100 years.” We discovered a lot concerning the kitchen that we determined to take a re-evaluation.
When a younger household purchased the home a number of years in the past, it got here with a mandate that renovations keep in step with the constructing’s unique character. However, as could be anticipated, utility zones just like the kitchen have been in dire want of labor, particularly for a household of 5 that likes to entertain. Smith managed to strike a cautious steadiness, making a practical kitchen whereas sustaining the historic character of the home.
Pictures by Samuel Morgan, courtesy of Gerry Smith Architect.
He added a skylight plus home windows on three sides, “so the pure gentle within the kitchen adjustments continually.” On the finish of the kitchen, he enlarged an current window opening to accommodate a brand new pair of metal French doorways from A&S Window Associates in Glendale, New York.
Although costlier, Smith selected metal over aluminum due to its relative energy, that means slimmer metal frames can accommodate larger areas of glass. “With the dimensions of our exterior openings and contemplating the opposite supplies used all through the home, metal was our go-to alternative right here,” mentioned Smith.
The counter is completed with Rubio Monocoat, a penetrating oil that Smith prefers for its ease of upkeep over a high sealant like polyurethane. He additionally likes the look: “It has a way more of a matte look that tends to carry out the wooden grain a bit extra.”
The proprietor stories that the wooden counter nonetheless appears lovely after a 12 months of “secondary prep” actions like baking and mixing salads. She slides most home equipment throughout the floor with out incident, however is cautious to not scratch it with cast-iron pans.
The partitions are coloured plaster, fabricated by SuperStrata and tinted to match Benjamin Moore Dove Wing. The wall lights are Navire Jib Sconces from LA-based Atelier de Troupe. The pantry door, with current brass hardware, was unique to the home.
The flooring are Ann Sacks Luxor Gray tile, put in in a herringbone sample above radiant flooring heating.
The vary hood is coated in plaster, tinted to match the kitchen partitions however with mica flakes added for shimmer, and hangs from customized brackets of unlacquered brass. One bracket helps a trio of open wooden cabinets; they’re supported by cupboards on the opposite finish, and Smith had hidden metal plates slotted into the cabinets to offer further help from throughout the wall.