It was an absolute pleasure for Roomscapes Cabinetry and Design Center and design director Judy Whalen to collaborate with the homeowners and architect Scott Grady on this project. From start to finish, no leaf was left unturned in this historic building in the North End of Boston. Once the Prince Macaroni Company pasta factory, the condominium overlooks Boston Harbor from the top floor of the building. It had been the home of a well-known marketing firm for many years, and was soon to be an urban retreat for the empty nesters.
The clients wanted to maximize the kitchen footprint without compromising the flow of the unit. Their goal was to elevate the view overlooking Boston Harbor, while allowing for a large enough space for the couple to entertain their family for holiday gatherings. As new empty nesters, the clients were transitioning from a large family home on the south shore, with lots of room for storage. To make the transition more adaptable, we wanted to be sure to in
Since the couple was familiar with a more traditional New England home, Judy wanted to be certain the updated sleek and modern look they were aiming to achieve in the space, still felt warm and inviting.
As in most homes in the North End, space is always a limitation. The challenge is to create a cohesive and workable space without overwhelming any one area. You always want to fashion different locations throughout that feel both separate and collective at the same time. We needed to allow for conversation and work spaces throughout all while keeping an open floor plan that appreciates the view overlooking the harbor. We were challenged with fitting the kitchen with everything on the homeowner’s appliance wish list.
This New England family was more familiar with a very traditional aesthetic, as many New Englanders are. However, they wanted a clean, paired down, modern space for this new chapter in their life. This part of the city is lively and exciting and we wanted their new kitchen to reflect that energy. We feel the space is successful because it is sleek and modern, while remaining warm and inviting. No one element is too loud over another, and the Subzero and Wolf appliances particularly elevate the sophistication the space deserves. The clean lines of the perfectly integrated refrigerator allow the kitchen to feel more spacious. The undercounter beverage center permit for a bar area, even in this tight space, and the induction cooktop is the perfect reflection of the homeowners; smart and distinctive.
Judy Whalen is particularly proud of this project. It represents the intrinsic challenges she always hope for when designing a kitchen. Honoring the historical integrity, allowing for flow in an otherwise confined space, highlighting a view when at all possible and most importantly, curating a space that represents how the homeowner lives. The SubZero and Wolf products will stand the test of time in this kitchen, much like the building itself. We chose to use these products because we trust in their quality and they represent the distinguished and established reputation our clients live their life in.