Interior designer William Gregory joined the team renovating the six-story 1890 town house on Beacon Street in Boston's Back Bay with two basic instructions from the Rome-born homeowner: "It has to be Italian, and it has to be blue."
Simply put, the original kitchen in this Newton home was dark and dysfunctional. ...The massive island was swapped for a skinnier, L-shaped counter, improving flow. A new walk-in pantry, open shelving, and custom cabinetry allow for plenty of storage with style to spare.
Cities are clogged with hipsters trying to forget childhood in the burbs. But a pair of Boston executives, craving more space for their own young family, went in the opposite direction. Eduardo Serrate; Jennifer Clapp; Katelyn Miersma: Project Team.
An architect's focus on light transforms a property into a shining example for indoor/outdoor living. [KR+H's craftspeople made the kitchen cabinets as well as other cabinetry for rooms throughout the home.]
“When you see that front entry, you know you’re in store for something special,” says interior designer Sheldon Tager. He, as well as architect, Adolfo Perez, landscape designer Hank Gilpin, and builder Hans Schaefer, takes pride in the dramatic front entrance… [The entry’s interior staircase is by KR+H.]
“We used some rich materials, but by and large it’s one of the simpler spaces we’ve every done,” says [Paul] Reidt. [Anne] Fantozzi notes that while the room has a beautiful elegance, it’s very livable. “We don’t worry about Carrara marble counters or making a mess. All the kids like to cook. The other night, our 9-year-old made sloppy Joes and our 15-year-old made blueberry pie. It’s a wonderful space for all of us to be together.”
The usual kitchen recipe of multiple cabinets, for instance, was nixed. Instead the owners opted for a European farmhouse vibe, which translated to a pantry and a limited amount of beautiful cabinetry. Collaborating closely with the architects and owners, Reidt and Monkevich fashioned artful Gothic-influenced fronts for the island’s spice drawers.
A wall-mounted console in the entry was custom-made by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers in sapele, a lustrous African wood, with pomelle grain. [Console design: Architect Doreve Nicholaeff and KR+H’s Paul Reidt]
The kitchen was extended by a bump-out that accommodates the eating area. The horizontal scheme continues in the cabinetry, built by Kochman Reidt + Haigh Cabinetmakers of Stoughton, Massachusetts, which also did the living room ceiling, mantel, the bookshelves, and the open shelving, accented in vivid colors, in the kitchen.
Can cabinetry be as artfully made as the finest furniture? When Kochman Reidt + Haigh is the company crafting it, the answer is a resounding yes. Since 1976, the shop has designed, produced, and installed a dazzling array of built-in bookcases, cabinets, desks, and more, all made locally of exquisite woods. Comfortable working in both contemporary and traditional styles, the team here brings a rich luster to any interior.
BOSTON HOME / WINTER 2013
ECO: STYLE MEETS CRAFTSMANSHIP & STEWARDSHIP
[Classic & Modern Signature Styles is a book by New York architects Dennis Wedlick and Alan Barliss. “Eco: Style Meets Craftsmanship & Stewardship” tells the story of the Hudson Valley passive home which features a KR+H kitchen as well as upstairs cabinetry and shelving. On its being published, Dennis sent Paul a copy of the book and wrote inside, “We love what you do for us!”]
CLASSIC & MODERN SIGNATURE STYLES
A TOUCH OF GLASS
Compact and efficient, the kitchen, which looks out to the loft’s expansive living area, is clad with rich walnut cabinetry punctuated by back-painted glass panels in bright hues. [Design by Paul Reidt with homeowner.]
Project manager Tom Murdough [worked with the homeowners] to create custom pieces that would marry the home's exterior architecture with its interior design. The dining room and kitchen tables, [kitchen cabinets], beds, and side tables were built by Kochman Reidt + Haigh.
A sculptural staircase of stainless steel, walnut, and Concordia stone separates a long, low space into distinct living room and dining areas. [Millwork for this project, including staircase, fireplace, built-in cabinetry, passage doors, and kitchen cabinetry is by KR+H.]