2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 1 and the case of the missing design element.


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.

White house with black shutters Newburyport

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.

White kitchen with grante counters, wedge shaped island, stainless hood

The kitchen and overall feel of the open-plan first floor was very calm and serene with soft grays and pale greens.

White kitchen, granite counters, glass pendant, Stainless hood

White kitchen, Thermador range, stainless hood, blue green backsplash


Cabinets – semi-custom white with a pewter glaze.

Wall color – Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter

Backsplash – Mist colored subway tile

Counter tops – White Reef Granite

Living room, beige sofa, tufted ottoman cocktail table, gray walls

Dining area, gray walls, black wrought iron chandelier, black farmhouse table, bent wood chairs, Revere Pewter painted walls


Yellow American Four square house

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.

Kitchen sink corner with windows, white cabinets

Kitchen white cabinets, wood counter tops, white subway tile, stainless stove hood

White kitchen, wood counter top, Bosch refrigerator, walnut counter


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.

Dining room with sheer roman shades, wrought iron chandelier, original oak flooring



Early Federal white house in yard with hedges

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.

White cabinets, green marble counter tops, Wolf range, stainless steel backsplash and hood


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

Butler's pantry with white cabinets, glass doors

This charming butler’s pantry is really a small walk-thru and is original to the house.

Colonial 1750 formal dining room, crystal chandelier, fireplace

Living room 1750 colonial home, green velvet setties

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. wrap around screen porch with ceiling fan and shiny wood floors

The only thing it was missing is a day bed.

wrap around screen porch with ceiling fan and shiny wood floors

And just off the front porch is the pool, which is hidden behind the hedge in front of the house.

Turquoise blue pool with brick surround decking and hedge


light blue house with bright blue door, beach 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.

maple wood cabinets with cooktop on quartz counters

Andrew Sidford signature curved kitchen island

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

Glass top table in front of window wall


two sided gas fireplace

wicker chairs in front of gas fireplace in sun room


(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.

Kitchen with beamed ceilings, marble island, stainless stove and hood. Tile backsplash.


Countertops – Cambria quartz

Cabinets – painted with Benjamin Moore Overcoat

Ceiling beams – custom rough pine

Floors – pre-finished white oak

Newburyport modern dining room, wall of windows

Living room with red chair


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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xoxo Linda

2 thoughts on “2017 Newburyport Kitchen Tour, Pt. 1 and the case of the missing design element.”

    • Hi Lynda – and yes, you’re right! Very few window treatments to be seen. In my final post to come on my two favorite houses there is one room with drapery panels and some nice roman shades, but over all, it’s all very minimal.


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