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Kitchen Remodel - Fairfield County, Connecticut

William Leavy Architecture, PLLC

Posted: May 25, 2022 | Projects

When the owners of this 1940s-era house were contemplating a new granny flat and garage addition, they decided to remodel the kitchen in the existing home as well. 


Photograph courtesy of WL Architecture

The kitchen had only been renovated once in 70 years and was completely dysfunctional – not to mention unappealing to all who entered. The owners had many reasons for remodeling the kitchen: energy savings, resale value, their family’s changing needs, and a desire to modernize the “busiest” room in the house.

With plans of the addition already being discussed, it seemed like the perfect time to realize some degree of efficiency of scale. 

The issues to address were many, but the time seemed right to modernize the whole house at once to ensure continuity. The owners and the architect sat down and went over the major challenges. 

Once the project kicked-off, the existing space was completely gutted down to the studs. The wall between the kitchen and dining room was take down and replaced with a beam, which created a “wide open” feel. 

The home’s original floorplan had a powder room (half bath) within the space of the existing kitchen. With a growing family and only one full bath on the second floor, adding a second full bathroom became paramount, and some true architectural problem solving was necessary. It was decided to use the powder room space in the existing kitchen as a walk-in pantry, with plenty of valuable storage adding to the usability of the kitchen space. This added feature helped in the proper use of cabinet space and appliance storage. 

The countertops were constructed of honed granite, which is very durable. The electrical service was ramped up, and all new heating, plumbing and electrical were installed.

The project was done in the Shaker motif, which blended into the New England atmosphere, the colonial neighborhood, and the colonial touches within the house, such as wainscotting in the hallways of the adjacent mud room addition leading into the newly renovated kitchen.

This new U-shaped kitchen is a dramatic improvement and takes a dated 1940s house into the 21st century with totally upgraded appliances and components. In addition to the kitchen space, the project transformed the entire first floor into a modern, open, and inviting environment while still respecting the local feel that is so important to this quaint New England town.

The project came in close to budget, and the owners were more than pleased with the outcome.

William Leavy Architecture, PLLC
101 Millard Street
Fairfield, CT 06824

Date Bid: Jun 2020
Construction Period: Sep 2020 to Jun 2021        
Site: .75 acre.
Total Square Feet: 288
Building Size: First floor, 288; total, 288 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 8'; Total, 8'.
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Masonry.
Exterior Walls: Wood.
Roof: Asphalt shingle.
Floors: Wood.
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the May/June 2022 issue of DCD