The old kitchen was isolated at the back of the house. Standard, off the shelf cabinets were functional but uninspired. Reconfiguration of the kitchen and powder room allowed connection with the entry hall. This arrangement acknowledges the importance of the kitchen as one of the public, social rooms.
The doorways in the old configuration seemed too short for the rooms. Tall doorways are more appropriate for the 9′-7″ ceiling height. A recessed cabinet was replaced with a new cabinet that opens to both the dining and living rooms. A new opening above the cabinet allows the two rooms to borrow space from each other, making both feel larger.
Previously the utilitarian kitchen was closed off from the rest of the house. Now it is possible to see not only into the kitchen, but to the through the living room all the way to the front door, making the house feel much more spacious.
Originally access to the kitchen was possible only through a small doorway in the dining room. Now the kitchen is completely open to the dining room. Since the kitchen cabinets would become part of the dining room landscape mahogany was selected as the cabinetry wood. The color and fine furniture connotation of the material are appropriate for the elegance of the dining room and the era of the house.
The original living room had an architecturally insignificant mantel and a small doorway that connected it to the dining room. The height of the doorway between the dining and living rooms was raised and a new, similarly detailed opening was added.