NAME: Kit S.
LOCATION: Toledo, Ohio
SIZE/TYPE: Kitchen, 1929 house
The house was built in 1929 and is typical of the era, tiny cramped rooms and really poor plumbing. I bought the house in 2004 with the intention of overhauling the place bit by bit, however 6 months after I moved in that eighty-year-old plumbing gave out and I literally ended up with a waterfall from the 2nd floor bathroom, through the kitchen, and into the basement. Needless to say the timetable for kitchen renovations moved up a bit.
For the design of the new kitchen I removed one doorway that led outside to add a little more room for cabinets, which allowed me to move the fridge away from the cramped cooking area and create a nice space for the new stove. The look was inspired by a picture of an Arts & Crafts style kitchen I came across while looking up cabinet styles. I did most of the work (other than the plumbing and hanging the cabinets) on my own, and added some personal touches along the way, including the 2″ blue tile countertop, my favorite part.