Located in Birmingham, AL, this historic Tudor-style home was built in the 1920s and is owned by the president of a tea company that has been in operation since 1946 – both factors that informed the remodel of its kitchen. The clients desired a space that would deliver modern functionality and an updated design while honoring the home’s historic nature. Additionally, because the tea company places family focus as a high priority, the clients wanted to reflect that in the space as well. Due to the era in which the home was built, the kitchen was closed-off and awkward, not at all ideal for entertaining guests.
The clients wanted a more open feel for the kitchen without entirely sacrificing the historic layout – open but not too open – which was achieved by moving the walls back and recessing them into an existing laundry room without eliminating separation. By rotating the orientation of the island and increasing its size, a more functional flow was created in the space that better caters to entertainment and family-centric activities. Bright white walls and marble bring the design into the 21st century, while finishes and fixtures with an antiqued feel were chosen in order to blend with and enhance the history of the home.
After Photos: Jean Allsopp Photography