It took a team of experts to fit this modern kitchen into a rustic Vermont house. Sleek materials and simple lines combine with rustic original posts and beams, which frame the new room.
The kitchen is part of a larger whole-house remodel of an 18-year-old barn-inspired home. The homeowners purchased the 3,500 square-foot structure, adjacent to their 100-acre property and main house, to use as a guest house.
They originally planned a minor remodel but expanded the scope to improve the awkward floor plan and wasted pockets of space.
“To get to the master bedroom, you had to go through the kitchen,” says architect Bud Wilson of Wilson Architects, in Waterbury, Vt. He reconfigured the entire plan — creating three rooms from the existing master bedroom upstairs and opening up all the spaces on the main floor. “All the materials branch out into all the rooms,” Wilson says. “Since you can see everything from other areas, this creates continuity in the house that was not there before.”
Interior designer Jessica Carbone with Carbone Designs, in Stowe, says that the clients’ contemporary tastes had to be toned down to match the feeling of this house. “We brought in the stone in the backsplash and above the fireplace to blend in some of the older feel,” she says.