The Cozy 1920s Kitchen


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“We wanted a kitchen that looks like it was here in the 1920s,” Shirley says. That’s the ge­nius of the Erstads’ new kitchen: it’s con­vinc­ing yet func­tional, out­fit­ted with its orig­i­nal oak millwork, leaded-glass win­dows, and built-ins. The tran­si­tion from din­ing room to kitchen is seam­less. The en­tire house looks like a lov­ingly main­tained pe­riod piece.

In the new “pe­riod” kitchen, they used an­tique ap­pli­ances, light­ing, and plumb­ing fit­tings, but in­te­grated them with top-of-the­line con­tem­po­rary el­e­ments. The re­frig­er­a­tor is an orig­i­nal 1927 GE Mon­i­tor-top. Be­side the 1924 sink, how­ever, are two freezer draw­ers hid­den be­hind wood cab­i­net doors.

“The freezer in the old re­frig­er­a­tor is minis­cule, and needs to be de­frosted pe­ri­od­i­cally,” Rich says.“But that fridge mea­sures 17 cu.ft. and is quiet and ef­fi­cient, us­ing one-third the elec­tric­ity of a mod­ern unit. It has the orig­i­nal coolant and a mo­tor that prob­a­bly dates to 1938.”

The kitchen floor posed a chal­lenge. “We wanted 6"-sq. linoleum tiles in pe­riod-cor­rect col­ors, but they no longer ex­ist,” says John Biancini, pres­i­dent of APEX Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment. “So, the own­ers found some

12" com­mer­cial vinyl tile, in the right color com­bi­na­tion, and we had them laser cut to pre­cise 6" squares for the checker­board.”

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