The legacy of this historic home in Harwich Port gets a unique update
Due to zoning restrictions, the kitchen was the only expandable area of the property. The homeowners were very clear that they did not want to change the antique part of the home, so Alessi and Davis had to work together to creatively build a contemporary kitchen squeezed between two different centuries.
“I think it helped that we weren’t the architects,” says Davis. “We do design work, so we had an appreciation for what Alison was trying to accomplish, and we wanted to honor it.”
“It was great working with George,” says Alessi. “We could collaborate on the details. You never know what you’re going to find in the walls, so you have to work together because it can get messy.”
The main goal of the project was to create a more comfortable gathering space in the kitchen. The original dark, galley-style kitchen could not accommodate all of the Trowbridges’ Southwestern guests that will be visiting Harwich Port every other week, starting this July. Alessi chose to add much more natural light through three large southern-facing windows over the kitchen sink. “As a connecting piece, there wasn’t opportunity for lighting on the side walls, so I had to keep the wall with the windows as open as possible, which is why I used open shelving rather than cabinets here,” Alessi explains.
Davis and his team demolished about 300 square feet in the connector area, then added 600 square feet to the kitchen space, which now includes a center island with stools so people can gather, but opens out to a formal dining and living area—a style similar to the homeowners’ Texas home. In almost an ode to the original home, this new kitchen creates a sense of collaboration.
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