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Project: Kitchen Renovation for a 1909 Home

The renovation of the kitchen in this 1909 stucco Foursquare straddles the stylistic line between the Victorian and Arts & Crafts. The architect wanted to synthesize the best of these styles in a contemporary kitchen. The predominant character of the interior is in the Stickley style, and the residence's living room exemplifies this, with rich wood wainscoting, and beams.

To give the kitchen a Craftsman feel, the architects employed wide, vertical-board wainscoting, rather than the thinner, Victorian-style beaded board. Floors and counters are in oak, reflecting Stickley's focus on honesty and warmth in materials. Open-bracketed shelves and earthy-toned Craftsman-style tiles add to the effect.

The oak kitchen cabinets feature paneled doors patterned after Stickley designs. New windows were added that maintained the Craftsman vocabulary by featuring multi-paned upper sections. Maintaining the mix of Victorian and Arts & Crafts styles in the house, the lighting is a utilitarian Victorian style.

The 1909 stucco Craftsman house has an open porch, double-hung windows with multi-pane upper sections, and a typical dormer and hip roof.
The architect closely followed the aesthetic of the Stickley-style living room in the proportions and wood detailing in the kitchen.
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