Built in 1922, this Dutch colonial in Hinsdale, cherished by the clients, underwent a transformative restoration instead of facing demolition. The choppy floorplan was revamped by gutting the home and adding a family room at the back, creating a more spacious and open layout.

In the kitchen, we optimized a galley-style layout for circulation featuring a strategically sized island. A new partition with a window at the south end and a dark butler's pantry at the north end added contrasting elements, contributing to a balanced and anchored space. The bar and butler's pantry maximized storage with custom-built cabinetry, addressing architectural challenges in the older home. Particularly in this space, we utilized varying depths and angled cabinet backs to optimize space. Additionally, we designed a functional divider with storage to separate the kitchen from the sunken family room, offering a buffet on the kitchen side and concealed TV and AV storage on the family room side.

Historic Renovation | Location: Hinsdale, IL | Custom Cabinetry Kitchen Design: O’Brien Harris | Architect: Michael Abraham | Builder: Redwood Construction | Photography: Katrina Wittkamp | Cabinetry Finishes: Kitchen – Painted Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee OC-45 | Bar Area and Pantry Farrow & Ball – Grate Black no. 9920 | Family Room Divider Walnut in OBH Dusk Finish

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