About the Project
When the back of your house faces the Hudson River, but your kitchen overlooks the driveway, it’s time for demolition. You gut the warren of dark rooms, add a wall of French doors, and create an expansive family space that takes full advantage of the stunning views. Originally intended to be a weekend getaway, the arrival of children turned this antique farmhouse into their full-time residence. They settled on a clean transitional look with some rustic elements and a few Arts and Crafts references.
Removal of load-bearing walls required two structural ceiling beams, which were covered in reclaimed wood. Two fake beams were interspersed for continuity. Wood-look porcelain flooring provides easy cleanup after kids’ outdoor play. Perimeter cabinets are classic inset construction with flat panel doors and drawers. Two glass doors contribute openness. While soft “Dove White” graces the perimeter, quarter-sawn oak (typical of Craftsman design) in a medium brown stain was selected for the island and freestanding pantry, which sports tapered legs for a furniture effect. White quartzite tops and paneled appliances impart a cohesive, uninterrupted esthetic. Echoing the water vistas are blue ceramic backsplash tiles. An antiqued brass and steel vent hood provides a weathered yet elegant touch.