Okay, well, this really should be called 2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 2 because I’ve already done a post of the gardens and landscaping. But this post and the next will showcase the kitchens and related interiors of the houses. I’m breaking it into two because I took a lot of photos and I had a couple of personal favorites which I want to highlight. I didn’t make it to every house on the tour, but was so impressed with all the houses I did visit. Overall, this really was the best year for this Kitchen Tour that I’ve been on.
This new construction colonial style house was built by BradKu Construction in 2016. It has a wooden roof and detached garage which emulates the antique homes in the neighborhood.
The kitchen and overall feel of the open-plan first floor was very calm and serene with soft grays and pale greens.
Cabinets – semi-custom white with a pewter glaze.
Wall color – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter
Backsplash – Mist colored subway tile
Counter tops – White Reef Granite
This American Foursquare home was built in 1916 and renovated by Cummings Architects and BLB Custom Building in 2016. This house had originally been located down the street, but in the 1930’s was moved to its present location in order to make way for the Rte 1 overpass.
Cabinets – inset beaded Shaker in white dove
Range & hood – Bosch range, custom hood
Backsplash – traditional white subway
Counter tops – Quartzite Perla Venata; walnut butcher block on the island
Transom windows: Note that the stained glass in the transom windows over the doors was custom made by a local artisan to marry old and new.
For historical context alone, this next house was one of my favorites. Built in 1753, this is the Woart-Knapp House. It’s set back from the road behind fences and hedges. The image below shows the street view where you can barely see the house.
In 2014, the homeowners brought in designer Carriagetown Kitchens and builder Horstmann Builders LLC to renovate the kitchen within it’s original footprint.
Cabinets – semi-custom Medallion with recessed doors and glass front uppers with Divinity classic paint
Hardware – antique pewter knobs and pulls from Top Knobs.
Counter tops – Jet Mist antiqued granite
This charming butler’s pantry is really a small walk-thru and is original to the house.
One of the best features of this house is the deep wrap around screen porch off the front and side of the house which really opened up the first floor rooms. You’d just want to live – and sleep – out here.
The only thing it was missing is a day bed.
And just off the front porch is the pool, which is hidden behind the hedge in front of the house.
Out of Plum Island is this newly renovated beach house designed by Andrew Sidford Architects. Andrew’s projects regularly appear in the various Newburyport show houses, including last year’s Coastal Haven show house. He’s brilliant at marrying the traditional with modern. This house was originally built in 1997 and a first floor renovation was completed in 2015.
The vaulted ceiling in the living room allows light throughout the day through strategically placed windows. I also liked that the addition of the window wall by the front door provided more room for furniture placement and protects the living room from the elements when the front door is open.
Island – maple topped curved 11-ft island at raised bar height supported by custom made nickel brackets
Countertops – Quartz
Cabinets – Maple with tempered glass
Fireplace – two sided contemporary gas fireplace with mother-of-pearl tiles
(I didn’t get a photo of this house, so here’s the one from the tour booklet)
The new kitchen in this house is located in what was once the garage on the left of the front door. The original kitchen was on the second floor – not exactly a handy spot. The remodel was done by Holly Gagne Interior Design built by the The Riverview Company.
Countertops – Cambria quartz
Cabinets – painted with Benjamin Moore Overcoat
Ceiling beams – custom rough pine
Floors – pre-finished white oak
So, what do you think? And, do you notice something missing in all these homes (except for one photo)? Leave a comment below and let me know what you think it is and your thoughts.
Coming next I’ll showcase my two favorite houses on the tour! You can read my gardens post here.
All photos by Linda Merrill
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