23 Chestnut is a 200 year old Federal style home on a magnificent street in Salem Massachusetts. The building has beautiful details that are both elegant, yet minimal which is inherent in Federal style architecture. That served as the inspiration for the whole project, simple, clean, elegant and minimal in terms of cabinetry, fixtures, fabrics, lighting and color. The house serves as a backdrop for a carefully curated art, furniture, accessories and ephemera collection. It was a ground up, full scale renovation of all infrastructure, 4.5 bathrooms and kitchen. The property hadn’t been touched since the 1950s and essentially needed everything, which was a positive and something that is becoming pretty rare these days. The kitchen cabinets are Bulthaup, most of the bathroom fixtures are Duravit, bathroom faucets are a combination of Waterworks, Hansgrohe Axor and Vola. The flooring finish is Rubio Monocoat "Smoke" which is a 0 VOC product that has a matte finish, so it is very different look from traditional finishes and lends itself to the old growth pine flooring. The NET result of this make-over is an open, comfortable and welcoming space, despite it's 6,600 square. To see the recent post on this project on Remodelista, use this link, http://www.remodelista.com/posts/federal-meets-modern-peter-cohen-home-tour
All photography for this project is courtesy of Justine Hand for Remodelista
The Valley Street project was a full scale renovation down to the studs in all the bathrooms, the kitchen and a full renovation to the pool. Beyond that the entire property required updating that included surfaces, paint, flooring, lighting, all hardware and some infrastructure. The property had gone through a major renovation in the 1970s and sadly, it looked it. The house also had a substantial amount of faux Victorian detail that needed to be deleted and the mill work and windows were revised as a result.
This renovation required updates to the kitchen, baths and built-ins through the property. The building had been designed by a very well known Pacific Northwest architect in the 1990’s, but it hadn't stood the test of time and had become very dated. It was in need of some overall simplification and updates to the color palette, surfaces, fixtures, appliances and extraneous architectural details, lighting, electrical switches/outlets, as well as door and cabinet hardware. The challenge was to strip away the dated elements while maintaining the overall integrity of the architectural design which was pretty great.
This project entailed a full renovation of the kitchen and 2 bathrooms. New plumbing, recessed lighting, in-floor and ceilings throughout. Concrete was used extensively in the master bath for both vertical and horizontal surfaces. Moveable floor to ceiling translucent doors separate the bath area from the sleeping space. The main door to the master also employed an ingenious “secret” panel design which integrated the door into the adjacent paneled wall.