Historic Wheaton Home Updated for Modern Living

This project started out as a kitchen remodel but ended up as so much more.

I whole heartedly recommend Susan and her team. We began working with them after my sister used them for a complete kitchen demo. We began doing the same – a complete redo of our kitchen. While planning the oldest bathroom in our 150 year old house had serious plumbing problems and it necessitated us gutting and redoing that room. The contractors that they used were great and handled all of the difficulties of working in a very old structure.
We returned to planning the kitchen but was so happy with the bathroom that we decided to gut and redo the master bathroom. Another huge project underway and again the final product was stunning. Finally we tackled the kitchen. Completely gutting the room adding six feet and redoing some other adjacent spaces. It was a huge project and expertly handled. We really enjoyed working with the contractor and Susan, Jeff and the design team. The project has been a great use and asset to our house.
We enjoy the spaces every day. In summary they are a great team, have excellent contractors and our final product is spectacular.


As the original plan started to take shape, some water damage provided the impetus to remodel a small upstairs hall bath. Once this bath was complete, the homeowners enjoyed the result so much that they decided to set aside the kitchen and complete a large master bath remodel. Once that was completed, we started planning for the kitchen!

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The solution was to bump out the space about 10 feet which provided ample room for large pro appliances, a large island for gathering and an upgraded pantry space. It was important to the homeowners to create a space that felt like it belonged in their historic 1866 home in Wheaton. Details such as matching new trim to the existing large custom profiles in the original home and re-purposing an existing door to be used for the new pantry, provided these touches. A large window at the main sink provides that view into the yard and a beautiful focal point for the room.

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A mix of painted wood and stained cabinetry gives the new kitchen a sense of belonging in the older home, as do the Super White quartzite that has the look of marble, subway tile backsplash, polished nickel lanterns and glass and mirrored doors. The large pantry, filled with custom shelving built to the homeowner’s specifications, stainless steel appliances and the two Galley Workstations – sinks that do double duty as prep space – ensure that not only does the kitchen look great, but also functions in a personalized manner that works perfectly for the occupants.

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Doing the bump out also allowed the opportunity for a small mudroom and powder room right off the kitchen as well as re-arranging some openings to allow for better traffic flow throughout the entire first floor. The result is a comfortable up-to-date home that feels both steeped in history yet allows for today’s style of living.

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