Over the past few years, we have done a series of renovations to this small house but had not yet done any work on the living room, which happens to be the central space of the house. When our client's granddaughter offered this appraisal of how the living room looked in comparison to the newer spaces it was all the motivation necessary for this latest phase of work. The new stair and balcony railing are designed to be more open, allowing light and views to filter through the spaces, making the spaces feel larger and more connected. The solid landing on the stair, wrapped in walnut, conceals mechanical equipment. Open treads, made of solid walnut, float between a blackened steel panel in the center and the side walls of the stair. The new fireplace surround is made with blackened steel and walnut, complementing the stair and railing.
Construction is nearing completion on this renovation project. All of the cabinets and built-ins have been installed, including a dropped wood soffit above the kitchen island, a built-in banquette bench with wall panels and ceiling soffit at the dining table and a wall of bookshelves and entertainment cabinet in the living room. All of the woodwork is custom-made locally from quarter sawn white oak. The new flooring is also white oak with a clear oil finish. There is a new blackened steel wood storage unit and surround for the wood stove in the living room. The countertops are white marble from Vermont, being installed this week. The resulting interior spaces are unified by the simple warm palette of materials and colors and feature abundant natural light and open sight-lines. Its exciting and rewarding to see these spaces come to life. Thanks, as always, to the great craftsmen who have worked to make this happen.