Victorian Kitchen

This project was the remodel of a kitchen and dining room in a beautiful, rambling, old victorian house in the Mount Tabor neighborhood of Portland. The original kitchen, which had probably been remodeled in the 70s or 80s, was small, dark, and cramped, with a glassed-in porch surrounding it on two sides so that it had no exterior windows. We converted part of the sun porch to interior space to create a new open and airy kitchen, and opened up the rest to the outside to create a porch with french doors off the dining room. The dining room and kitchen were previously connected by a narrow opening, which we enlarged. A built-in cabinet was removed from the dining room and reused in the new kitchen.

The walls are tiled to the ceiling in locally handmade tiles, and we designed tile shapes to surround the stove alcove, including two large curved pieces, which were tricky to make and a little nerve-wracking to install, but beautiful.

The generous kitchen is now the main gathering space for the active family. It opens up at one end to the dining room and at the other to a new, large, sunny back porch. It can serve many functions at once and accommodate lots of friends, with it’s large island, comfortable vintage sofa, and long breakfast table locally made from reclaimed wood and salvaged cast iron table bases.

The color palette is serene and warm at the same time, with the cabinets and wood-work painted in a series of cool grays which are balanced by the rich wood floors, brass hardware, gold velvet sofa and pale gold glass chandelier.

The kitchen was part of a larger project by Portland architect, Anne Niedergang which included a remodel of the exterior and a garage addition.

The senior designer for the Victorian Kitchen project was Mira Eng-Goetz.

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Photos by Lincoln Barbour