Cottages & Gardens
Circa 1900 Barn
This home, nestled among many others registered with the Wilton Historic Society, began life as a barn for the 1830s era colonial next door.
Heart of the Home
Each feature in this kitchen renovation was designed to keep true with the original architecture of the barn while incorporating the many conveniences desired in a modern kitchen.
The center island with granite
countertop shows how a sink, dishwasher, trash compactor and recycling center
can be melded into custom built cabinetry. In keeping with New England
frugality, the glass on the wall cabinets were recycled from antique windows and hanging over the
sink is an outside light salvaged from a previous job.
This cabinetry brings the wine rack, coffeemaker, refrigerator
and cook center into a seamless view. The unbroken line of the
granite countertop minimizes the visual impact of a Wolf oven. The
dark color of the granite was chosen to blend with the black glass of
the Wolf cook top. The GE Advantium maximizes use of space as microwave, second oven and exhaust
The oversized bay window filled the desire to open the back garden up to the kitchen and further serves to fill the room with natural light.
The center island was
stepped into the dining room with a wall cabinet that is half china closet half
pantry. This transition area successfully ties in the dining room and also provides
much more space to the kitchen. A wood burning soapstone stove was inserted into the
cobble stoned fireplace and is often found warming winter evenings while offsetting
rising oil bills. When
the conversation of what to put on the floor arose, the owner said "I have two
dogs that spend their days coming and going from the fenced in yard. So what
do you have in the color of dirt?"
This thought carries
through to the space under stairs leading to the master bedroom. The staircase, banister and rails were all custom built to match the cabinets.
The area under the bay
window is a row of deep drawers. This one, most favored by the Labs, is lined
in copper for storage of dog food.
shelves are on rails and extend 100% to bring the back of the shelf fully in
reach. The recycling center slides out to expose three wide bins for
glass, plastic and cans. The fully extending upper shelf stores magazine
This wall cabinet
contains a router that supplies wireless connection to the Internet plus two LAN
ports wired into the bay window. The Audiovox 9" LCD TV flips up and out of view
when not in use. This appliance is also the console for a DVD and AM/FM radio with the speakers wired into
Kitchen designed and built by Paul Niebuhr in 2003
Appliances by Albano Appliances of Scotts Corners, NY
Soapstone Woodstove by Yankee Doodle Stove of Georgetown, CT
Granite Countertop by Casatelli Marble & Tile Imports of Norwalk, CT
Ceramic floor tile by Rye Ridge Tile of Port Chester, NY
Cabinet wood by Aged Woods of Chambersburg, PA
Cobblestone Fireplace by Mannie Perez of Danbury, CT
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