When Mary Gay Scanlon and Mark Stewart first bought their charming Victorian home 10 years ago, it was a dream come true. But there was one very small problem — the kitchen. It was so small they couldn't open many of the appliances and cabinets at the same time because there simply wasn't enough room. After 10 years of planning, they had a pretty good idea of what they wanted in their remodel. To achieve their perfect kitchen, they called in husband-and-wife design team, Tim Kearney and Claudia Cueto.
Most Victorian homes of that era had very small kitchens. To open up the space, some walls were torn down and reconfigured. They raised the ceiling back up to its original height of 10 feet. Then, to let in plenty of light and a view of the yard, they added large windows, creating a sort of bay-window effect without the bay.
By the back door is a custom-made bench and built-in coat closet. It's a great place for the family to gear up before they head out. An opening between the top of the bench and the bottom of the cabinets provides a full view into the kitchen.
The stove has the vintage look the homeowners wanted, with the modern conveniences of a gas cooktop. The unconventional Aga range is so versatile, it has four electric ovens—a broiler, a roasting oven, a convection oven and a slow-cook oven.
This family loves to bake, so to help them out, they choose soapstone countertops. The non-absorbent surface is perfect for baking. They can roll out pie dough or make biscuits right on the counter, and it won't pick up odors or stains.
The kids love the large banquette seating around the table. It's a great place to spread out the books and do their homework.