Earlier than and After: HGTV’s “Farmhouse Fixer” Brightens a nineteenth Century Dwelling’s Kitchen and Laundry Room

by Editors Staff

Michelle and Peter spent 16 years saving for a renovation of their Ipswich, Massachusetts farmhouse earlier than they determined that it was time to make some updates. The couple referred to as in farmhouse skilled Jonathan Knight to assist them give their Eighteen Eighties dwelling a contemporary refresh. Within the newest episode of HGTV’s “Farmhouse Fixer,” Jonathan and his workforce tackled a number of of the home’s downside areas, together with the kitchen and mudroom.

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The couple cherished the look of their dwelling, particularly the outside, and have been most fascinated by having the inside match their day by day wants. “It is a great farmhouse constructed for the best way individuals lived again within the Eighteen Eighties,” Peter defined. “And it’s our objective to actually attempt to refresh it, to deliver it ahead to the best way that we reside now.”

One essential level of competition was the laundry room and mudroom, which was initially positioned off of the kitchen. The unusual placement meant that folks would stroll via the home to get to it, monitoring in mud, hay, and shavings. The ceiling was additionally too low and the room lacked adequate pure mild.

Jonathan opted to maneuver the mudroom in order that it was proper close to the entrance door and essential entryway, which supplied extra pure mild and better ceilings. The workforce put in the washer, dryer, and darkish tiling to assist make the room as practical as attainable. They saved the unique black soapstone sink from the kitchen and moved it into the mudroom, the place they added a darkish, excessive backsplash and a small counter area. Designer Kristina Crestin defined that the looks of the sink space made it seem to be one thing that would have been part of the unique construct of the home, slightly than a current addition.

Whereas the area that the kitchen was in was a good measurement, the primary working space within the room was too cramped, with the dishwasher, fridge, and sink all crammed collectively. Michelle and Peter requested that Jonathan reconfigure the prep area. Additionally they shared that though they’d a desk within the kitchen, they not often ate at it, and as a substitute most popular eating on the countertop (which turned too tight when their youngsters got here dwelling for a go to).

After utterly gutting the kitchen, Jonathan and his workforce started to transform the area. They eliminated the previous fridge and put a built-in fridge and pantry on the opposite aspect of the room. The swap helped open up the area and supply mobility all through the kitchen. Kristina selected darkish blue cupboards, white counter tops, and an identical white farmhouse sink. After consulting Michelle and Peter, Kristina picked out a protracted, leggy island for an optimum eating and prep space. She added a wood butcher block to the top of the island for an genuine extension to the area and included darkish lights, which introduced out the cabinetry. She additionally put in beams within the ceiling, which she mentioned helped “farmhouse it up.” 

“The colours are wonderful,” Michelle mentioned, upon seeing the kitchen for the primary time. “I like the way it appears to be like previous, and but recent and new.”

“Farmhouse Fixer” airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HGTV.

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