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Historic Poughkeepsie Home Gets a Modernized Kitchen

On this kitchen remodel in Hudson Valley the goal was to give the kitchen a modern update, without taking away from the character you would expect from a home that is almost 200 years old.

Kitchen with blue cabinets, pine hardwood floors and black appliances
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Collaboration

 

Along with some valuable input from the homeowners on the history of the home, this kitchen remodel was designed by Thorin Moss, of Oakenshield Kitchens. He is a cabinet designer and supplier based out of Hudson Valley.

 

You can check out more of Thorin’s work on their website.

Background on the Parrish-Overocker House

 

Built in 1850, this home sits in a quiet neighborhood in the town of Hudson Valley, and was one of the oldest to settle there.

 

In a Historic Resource Survey Report (See link below), the authors describe the home, also known as the “Parrish-Overocker House,” as a gothic cottage that ‘seems to have been lifted directly from one of the pattern books from the period.’ The house has a tremendous amount of detail, from the eaves to the porch columns.

 

Although it has a few modern additions and amenities, a lot of the home is still original. The new owners are looking to preserve some of that original character, while still looking to make it their own.

 

Plaque for Town of Hudson Valley Historic Preservation Commision
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class= wp image 1221 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 225x300jpg alt=Plaque for Town of Hudson Valley Historic Preservation Commision width=376 height=501 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 225x300jpg 225w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 768x1024jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 1152x1536jpg 1152w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 1536x2048jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads202003IMG 6610 scaledjpg 1920w sizes=max width 376px 100vw 376px ><noscript> Plaque displayed by the front door of Overocker House
An old picture of the Parrish-Overocker House in the Town of Hudson Valley.
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Old kitchen with pine cabinets and floors, white farmsink and white backsplash
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Old kitchen with pine cabinets and flooring, radiator, window and plaster texture ceiling
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Design Challenges and Inspiration

 

The goal for this kitchen remodel was to get a fresh, updated kitchen, but not lose some of the old craftsmanship that makes this home so unique. This meant keeping some of the original aspects of the home such as the old pine hardwood floors, textured plastered ceiling, and heating pipes running up the side of the wall.

 

One of the first steps in selecting the cabinetry with the homeowners, Oakenshield Kitchens wanted something that wouldn’t look out of place for the time period of the home. They collectively fell in love with a sleek and simple cabinet door with a stick molding. The hardware has the appearance of being hand forged and adds nice texture and feel to the overall look.

 

The cabinet color is called “Moonbeam with Brushed Black Straie” by Signature Custom Cabinetry (http://www.signaturecustomcabinetry.com/).

 

Blue kitchen cabinetry, black refrigerator and sunburst backsplash.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1223 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 300x200jpg alt=Blue kitchen cabinetry black refrigerator and sunburst backsplash width=794 height=529 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 1024x683jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 1536x1025jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Cabinets Fridge 2048x1366jpg 2048w sizes=max width 794px 100vw 794px ><noscript> Moonbeam Blue cabinets with Brushed Black Straie
Kitchen with blue cabinets, black stainless dishwasher and stove, stainless range hood.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1226 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled 225x300jpg alt=Kitchen with blue cabinets black stainless dishwasher and stove stainless range hood width=540 height=720 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled 225x300jpg 225w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled 768x1024jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled 1152x1536jpg 1152w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled 1536x2048jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall Angled scaledjpg 1920w sizes=max width 540px 100vw 540px ><noscript> The molding detail on the cabinets was incorporated into the window and door trim

Playing off the stick molding on the doors, we incorporated that small molding detail onto each of the door and window casings. This contributes to a more cohesive look. The detail is also represented in the crown molding on the cabinets.

 

Other highlights of this kitchen include black stainless appliances, with a 48” Thor double oven range. Antiqued sunburst backsplash adds a unique flair that is both subtle and eye-catching.

 

Black stainless steel Thor double oven range and freestanding range hood.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1225 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood 225x300jpg alt=Black stainless steel Thor double oven range and freestanding range hood width=722 height=962 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood 225x300jpg 225w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood 768x1024jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood 1152x1536jpg 1152w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood 1536x2048jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range and Hood scaledjpg 1920w sizes=max width 722px 100vw 722px ><noscript> 48 Thor black stainless double oven range and freestanding range hood

 

 

Blue cabinets with hand forged hardware next to window with white trim.
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Sunburst backsplash, kitchen cabinets and black stainless appliances.
<noscript><img loading=lazy decoding=async class=wp image 1227 lazyload src=httpsstaging2TEKRAbuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 300x200jpg alt=Sunburst backsplash kitchen cabinets and black stainless appliances width=911 height=607 srcset=httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 300x200jpg 300w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 1024x683jpg 1024w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 768x512jpg 768w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 1536x1025jpg 1536w httpswwwtekrabuilderscomwp contentuploads20200319029 Range Wall with Window 2048x1366jpg 2048w sizes=max width 911px 100vw 911px ><noscript> The essentials packed into a small kitchen

 

Kitchen with hardwood floors and blue cabinets with window.
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Pantry cabinet with dovetail drawers with walnut handles.
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Final Thoughts

Every kitchen doesn’t have to be fully gutted to have a big impact. This is a rather small kitchen, roughly 200SF, but functions well and has a lot of storage space and modern amenities.

 

Considering a kitchen remodel in an older home? Try blending new and old, as the two complement each other well. This can help a space look fresh, without looking out of place.

 

A big thank you to the homeowners for the opportunity to work on their home, as well as for their commitment to preserving its character.

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Resources

Town of Hudson Valley Historic Survey Report

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Dan Arket