Make History With a Historic Kitchen Remodel

An arts & crafts kitchen to fit a modern lifestyle

An arts & crafts kitchen to
fit a modern lifestyle

Do you own a historic home in a historic district or an older home with architectural character? Chances are you want to preserve that character even if you want to modernize your kitchen to fit your lifestyle. Fortunately, designing a kitchen to fit your home’s historic style is possible with careful planning and thought. A historic kitchen remodel first requires research and extensive knowledge of architectural and interior design history. Whether you live in a Victorian Italianate, a Colonial Revival or an American Bungalow, knowing the style of your home is the key to a modern kitchen design that takes into consideration your contemporary lifestyle and the charm of your home.

In order for Wentworth, Inc. to properly design and build a new kitchen in a historic home, we first begin by gaining knowledge of your home’s style. A visit to a home in your favorite historic style also proves useful, especially when it comes to the styles used for kitchen cabinets, countertops and other built-in features. Custom design details and finishing touches are imperative to a unique historic kitchen remodel project, and knowing what you like and dislike early on will help steer your historic kitchen remodel project in the right direction.

Historic Kitchen Remodeling Details

A homeowner should also be honest about the logistics of building a historic kitchen. A kitchen from 1900 may not suit your 2011 lifestyle. Our needs have changed over time, and our appliances have evolved too. The homeowner should decide which historical details are most important when it comes to their historic kitchen remodel. Wentworth, Inc. can help guide the homeowner through these decisions and work towards a balanced design that maintains the historic vision while discretely integrating modern kitchen appliances and conveniences.

Clean, white subway tiles evoke history with a modern flair

Clean, white subway
tiles evoke history
with a modern flair

Design details are another important component to a historic kitchen remodel. Our team of architects and designers understand that the little details can go a long way in creating an authentic historic kitchen. An overall assessment of your home will give our kitchen remodeling team an idea of how to handle molding, cabinets and wainscot (if featured in your home). The Wentworth team will also investigate whether a zinc countertop, a marble counter section for baking or a cast iron porcelain sink hung on the wall is appropriate for the time period. While these details may at first seem irrelevant, they are invaluable to the design and construction of a kitchen that feels authentic and appropriate, yet still gives you the modern conveniences necessary in any Washington, DC area kitchen.

Is your kitchen outdated and cramped? Is it finally time for that upgrade you’ve always wanted? If you are interested in historic kitchen remodeling in Maryland, Washington, DC or Virginia, contact Wentworth today.

“ The quality of the finish work was incredible…This is a top-quality architectural design/build firm that will not disappoint you when it comes to the quality of thinking about design, and the quality of execution on the part of their employees. Unlike many firms, they are committed to the working within your budget but will stretch your dollar in precisely the right direction—to maximize your investment’s value to you and your home…I hope Wentworth is as proud of the work they did for us as we are of having worked with them. ”

J.A.N., McLean, VA
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