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Northshore Home Summer 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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32 SUMMER 2018 F ACED WITH A 100-PLUS-YEAR-OLD COLONIAL house suffering from a disjointed floor plan and outdated amenities, architect Steven Baczek approached the remodel as an opportunity to mix and match design styles. In the kitchen, as elsewhere, he wanted to stay true to the formal era in which the 3,000-square-foot home was built but also accommodate the homeowners' desire for more relaxed elements. "We had to find the sweet spot between being historically correct and sensitive and meeting today's needs," notes the architect, who considered every detail equally—from the cabinets, windows, and kitchens walls to the faucet, fixtures, and hardware. Of course, restrictions applied—primarily in the form of square footage. Baczek's program had to accommodate a mudroom, a bathroom, and a small office alcove to the left of the stove. He also needed to address the dining room, which lacked a strong tie to the kitchen. By reconfiguring the layout, Baczek turned the terminal kitchen (it is a corner room unto itself) into a multi-use space. His idea was to create "a room within a room." The dark chocolate maple-topped island serves that end. Because people are meant to spend leisurely time socializing in the kitchen—as op- By reconfiguring the layout, Baczek turned the terminal kitchen into a multi-use space. The dark chocolate maple-top island serves that end, and the wicker and mahogany barstool chairs support long stretches of sitting and are a nod to the colonial era.

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