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  ANTIQUE KITCHEN APPEAL

Hidden Appliances  Hidden Appliances

    Going back to the earliest days of mankind, the campfire and then the hearth have been the focal point for the family group. So it remains today: the kitchen is the heart of the home.  The overwhelming majority of people who live in historical homes today want kitchens that reflect period design but also include modern conveniences.
    The challenge for restorationists comes in gracefully fitting the new stoves, refrigerators, faucets and dishwashers into the period décor. One building contractor who has been particularly successful meeting this challenge is H.P. Broom Housewright out of Hadlyme.  H.P. “Skip” Broom is known for rescuing historical houses on the brink of demolition, but not as many people are aware of the skill he and his crew of craftsmen bring to bear on modernizing a period kitchen.
   This kitchen is in a new addition to a 1790 Federal style house located on the banks of the  CT River in Hadlyme CT. Since the kitchen is open to other living space an effort was made to integrate the appliances into traditional woodwork and furniture. The Empire sideboard from the owner's father's house was used to construct the island which houses the sink and dishwasher. The wall of paneling hides the refrigerator, freezer and storage. A kitchen desk was built to take advantage of the beautiful river view.

Sideboard  Sideboard open
An Empire sideboard from the owner's father's house was used to construct the island
which houses the sink and dishwasher.
Kitchen Desk overlooking the river
A kitchen desk was built to take advantage of the beautiful river view. The Empire chair
is from the same house as the sideboard. The counter top is carrera marble.
Kitchen
The Empire dining table is authentic. The view is of the Connecticut River. The painting on the wall is an original portrait of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow as a young man, painted approximately 1840.

H.P. BROOM HOUSEWRIGHT INC.
162 Ferry Road  ·  Hadlyme,  CT 06439
860-526-9836  ·  hbroom@comcast.net  ·   H.P. Broom, Housewright

Photos by Skip Broom



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