The Bridgers re­veal the kitchen and din­ing room ad­di­tion to their his­toric farm­house in a bal­ance of old, new and re­pur­posed el­e­ments.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Contents - BY JO­LENE NOLTE

See the Bridgers’ stun­ning kitchen and din­ing room ad­di­tions in this fifth of our six­part se­ries on a young fam­ily’s ren­o­va­tion of a 100+-year-old aban­doned farm­house in west­ern Michi­gan.

If you’ve been

fol­low­ing the Ren­o­va­tion Res­cue se­ries this year,

then you know that the Bridgers spe­cial­ize in blend­ing old with new in their his­toric Michi­gan farm­house. With the func­tional re­quire­ments and con­tem­po­rary sen­si­bil­i­ties of ar­eas that see a lot of use this time of year, the kitchen and din­ing area in the Bridgers’ ad­di­tion to the orig­i­nal farm­house con­tin­ues the theme of in­te­grat­ing pe­riod au­then­tic­ity with mod­ern liv­ing.

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“We white­washed over the walls ex­actly as we found them.” The wood is so rough “you can get a splin­ter.”

on the edge.”

“But,” Chris­tine says, “we like to live


More and more, kitchens func­tion as the hub of a home, es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­days. This was not the case in his­toric homes, when kitchens were viewed as pri­mar­ily util­i­tar­ian spaces and tended to be smaller and tucked out of sight. In think­ing about the kitchen in their ren­o­va­tion process, Chris­tine ex­plains, “We wanted the kitchen to be open and con­nected to as many rooms as pos­si­ble.”

With help from their con­trac­tor, Jon Faris of Par­a­digm Ren­o­va­tion, their vi­sion was re­al­ized. The kitchen con­nects to the sun­room and en­joys views out to the ap­ple or­chard. In­side, the open floor plan con­nects the kitchen and din­ing ar­eas as one big room.

The kitchen di­vides the orig­i­nal farm­house from the ad­di­tion. It was im­por­tant to the Bridgers to main­tain a sense of co­he­sion and foster the sense that the new ad­di­tion could have been part of the 1910 farm-

The white ash floor comes from Barn­storm­ers Wood, which uses re­claimed barn wood. Chris­tine loves the fact that the wood floors match the liv­ing white ash trees in the for­est out­side their win­dow.

Built-in bench seat­ing pro­vides a great place to en­joy the view and watch for deer, and also pro­vides din­ing room seat­ing. The char­ac­ter­is­tic plaid throw, warm wood and ap­ple pie ex­ude warmth be­fit­ting the Thanks­giv­ing sea­son.

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