Praire Kitchen

pe­riod-in­spired details for a cook's dream

Arts and Crafts Homes - - FRONT PAGE - by Pa­tri­cia Poore | pho­to­graphs by Su­san Gil­more

PART OF A WHOLE-HOUSE REN­O­VA­TION and ad­di­tion to a 1905 house, this kitchen is in Deep­haven, Min­nesota, on Lake Min­netonka. The kitchen had been the worst thing in an oth­er­wise hand­some house. It was com­pact, had suf­fered a 1980s ren­o­va­tion, and was sit­u­ated “in­land” at the back of the house, away from the lake. De­signed for ser­vants, the old kitchen was iso­lated from main rooms. When she re­mod­eled, Bar­bara, who is a land­scape ar­chi­tect, wanted a kitchen to ac­com­mo­date large par­ties, mul­ti­ple cooks, and am­ple seat­ing, yet be in­ti­mate for her own day-to-day use. The kitchen de­sign is beau­ti­fully ex­pressed within pe­riod-style cab­i­netry, glass, and fin­ishes. Many of the dec­o­ra­tive details for the kitchen were de­signed by David Heide De­sign Stu­dio.

Bar­bara had hired David Heide to help with fur­nish­ing the home, but soon re­al­ized his sen­si­bil­i­ties and preser­va­tion-mind­ed­ness matched hers. She en­gaged his stu­dio to re­con­fig­ure the ser­vice ar­eas, which were out­dated and not, in any case, orig­i­nal. Project man­ager Brad Belka worked with David in a months-long col­lab­o­ra­tion with the owner.

Given the porches, the house’s his­tory, and a siz­able ad­di­tion, the re­design went through many it­er­a­tions un­til all were sat­is­fied. The kitchen was ex­panded and shifted slightly to the north end of the house, into space formerly oc­cu­pied by a small half-bath and laundry, so that the lake could be viewed from the kitchen through the sun­set porch that wraps the north­west cor­ner of the house. The sec­tion of porch clos­est to the kitchen be­came an in­for­mal sun­set din­ner area. Bar­bara asked for con­sis­tent— and am­ple—am­bi­ent light in the kitchen. Rather than de­fault­ing to can lights, the stu­dio de­signed a light box for the perime­ter of the ceil­ing, faced with tra­di­tional glue-chip glass. (The wood-framed reg­is­ter on the ceil­ing pro­vides ven­ti­la­tion for the cook­top.)

The oc­tagon serv­ing ta­ble started as a prac­ti­cal con­sid­er­a­tion and be­came a sig­na­ture mo­tif. With a cork top, it’s a land­ing pad for dishes set out for buf­fet din­ing; an oc­tagon is eas­ier to walk around than a square or rect­an­gu­lar ta­ble. The de­sign echoes a win­dow by the Prairie School ar­chi­tect Ge­orge Elm­slie. Bar­bara had ac­quired the an­tique art-glass win­dow, and it ended up in the front en­try dur­ing ren­o­va­tion.

“The de­signer of the orig­i­nal house, Hugh Gar­den, was a Prairie School ar­chi­tect,” Belka says. “While this house wasn’t ex­pressly done in Prairie style, the de­sign of the Elm­slie win­dow and the oc­tagon ta­ble fit its over­all aes­thetic.” Frost Cab­i­nets built the ta­ble.

The kitchen re­mod­el­ing ex­tended to clean­ing up the ar­range­ment of lit­tle-used rooms in the back of the house. They were trans­formed into a for­mal en­try and a morn­ing room on one side of the kitchen, and a side en­try, pow­der room, and pot­ting porch on the other. The orig­i­nal lake­side rooms were left pretty much as they were. The time-black­ened fin­ish on oak trim and built-ins was just cleaned and re­vived. a

RIGHT A large buf­fet an­chors one end of the room, which opens to a din­ing area on the sun­set porch. A lake view is now vis­i­ble from the kitchen. OP­PO­SITE With an is­land, serv­ing ta­ble, mul­ti­ple prep spa­ces, and a wet bar, the spa­cious kitchen is com­fort­able for 12 or a catered party of 100. This view is to­ward the morn­ing room.

OP­PO­SITE A s’uth­east-fac­ing m’rn­ing r’’m was ex­tended next t’ the kitchen—a per­fect place f’r break­fast. The vin­tage light fix­ture is from the owner’s c’llecti’n. RIGHT ln the ’pp’site side ’f the kitchen, a new p’tting p’rch ’pens t’ a lake vista; it d’ubles as an ’utd’’r kitchen al’ng with a grill ’n the terrace. BE­LOW crench d’’rs cre­ate a pro­tected din­ing area off the ’rig­i­nal sun­set p’rch that wraps the n’rth­west c’rner ’f the h’use.

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