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Classic Touches for a Kitchen Remodel

Madrona Kitchen

Designing a modern farmhouse kitchen in a traditional home to feel as if it had been there all along.

The owners of this traditional home in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood wanted a kitchen remodel with classic charm, but, of course, with some modern amenities. Creating a more functional kitchen was one of the main priorities for their home remodel, and they stipulated that whatever work we did should look as if it had been part of the existing home all along, not an update that clearly looked like it came from a different era.

The home’s original layout did not utilize space very efficiently, and the rooms were too isolated from one another. So, we opened up the floor plan, connecting the kitchen to the adjacent dining room and hallway beyond. Though more connected, the spaces remain individually defined — as is appropriate to a traditional home — with the large openings between them framed with beautifully-detailed trim and moldings.

We also moved a window in the kitchen in order to provide more built-in storage and to maximize natural light. Gleaming, white, Shaker-style cabinets, and marble subway tile contrast beautifully with rubbed bronze drawer pulls, polished quartz countertops, and navy accents.

Client Reviews:
“…Jeff Pelletier is timely, professional, creative, and approachable. His drawings are fantastic, and he is always surprising us with excellent ideas that we wouldn’t have thought of on our own. He seems to really enjoy what he does, and his enthusiasm for our project makes our meetings with him totally enjoyable. Our house was built in 1905, and Jeff understands (and appreciates) our desire to make changes that blend in with the historic craftsmanship. Prior to hiring Board & Vellum, we had met with multiple architectural firms and even hired one. For a variety of reasons, none of them worked out. In the end, though, we couldn’t be happier.”
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“…Board & Vellum came up with creative ideas for our project that not one of the six prior architects had done. Their work focuses on making the space work for us, and manages to combine respect for the "bones" of the house with a plan to bring the house into the modern era — and add some personalized creativity that makes it uniquely ours. In brief, they use their expertise to make the house what we want. Plus they are always on time and enthusiastic and extremely likeable. We waited a long time for the right firm, but it was worth it.”
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B&V Project Team:
Jeff Pelletier, AIA, CPHCPrincipal
Matthew Hagen, AIAProject Lead
Ryan AdanalianDesign Team

This project was built by Apogee Construction.
Interior design by Tammara Stroud.
Photos by John Granen.

Kitchen Remodel with Classic Charm – Madrona Kitchen – Board & Vellum – Cushioned bar stools at an eat-in kitchen island.
Madrona Kitchen

Kitchen Remodel with Classic Charm – Madrona Kitchen – Board & Vellum – Carrara marble tile backsplash in the kitchen.
Madrona Kitchen

Kitchen Remodel with Classic Charm – Madrona Kitchen – Board & Vellum – Navy pendants over butter-colored cabinets.
Madrona Kitchen

Kitchen Remodel with Classic Charm – Madrona Kitchen – Board & Vellum – Blue walls in the dining room.
Madrona Kitchen

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