Nouveau Inspired Renovation

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Designer

    Salmon Studios

Year

    2008

Location

    Florence, MA

  Few projects have afforded more design freedom than the work on my own home. After purchasing the property, a traditional American Four-Square, in 2003 I began work on three major renovation projects: a build-out of the 3rd floor walk up attic, a new foyer and roof-top patio addition, and the complete gutting and re-working of the kitchen layout. The house, built in the early 1920’s, was well constructed and retained much of its original art and crafts woodworking features.

  Forged, sculpted and brushed stainless steel railings and doors now accent each floor of the house. With each renovation project it has been a challenge to carefully balance the new with the old. Wherever possible I sought to retain the period details and wood trim while adding a consistent material palette of mahogany, stainless steel and marble tile.  Douglas Fir floor boards were carefully removed prior to demolition and saved for use in creating the kitchen cabinetry.  Kurt Piper of Piper Woodworking did an incredible job using this salvaged lumber to fashion the drawer and cabinet faces - resulting in a perfect match across all wood surfaces.