After a Vicksburg, Mississippi family lost their home to a fire, the displaced family found a 6,000 square foot fixer-upper on three acres in a close-in subdivision. The home has a beautiful setback overlooking an expansive front lawn, and exudes southern charm and the promise of gracious living. However, the new owner discovered major areas of the residence had been abused or ruined when he purchased the 1986 classic Greek Revival vernacular residence.
In addition, nothing had been updated in the house from its original construction. The kitchen especially, needed major work to bring it up to date. Two ancient recessed ceiling lights gave the work area in the kitchen its only lighting. Cabinet surfaces were ruined. The work triangle in the kitchen was close to 50 feet, well above the 22 feet recommended for a workable kitchen. The island extended like a runway, and made easy kitchen navigation impossible. Appliances were ancient, and there was no place for garbage, wine storage, a freezer, or a prep sink. The range hood was virtually ineffective. Plastic laminate covered the counter tops, and there were no back splashes. Ancient wall ovens completed the appliance inventory. Everything in the entire kitchen needed work.
Remodeling guidelines were established with the existing footprint remaining the same. Any existing kitchen cabinetry that could be saved, would be salvaged, restored and updated. In addition, the empty space between the existing cabinets and the ceiling would receive an infill of matching lighted glass storage cabinets. The island would be shortened, and a prep sink would be installed near a new refrigeration wall and the range. The newly shaped island would provide bar seating for family and guests. All lighting would be updated, and all the existing appliances would be replaced. Other appliances would be added to create a top-of-the-line working kitchen.
The kitchen color scheme was to focus on the specially chosen granite counter tops along with new stainless steel appliances and an Italian mosaic back splash. Selections were to be masculine and uncluttered. There was to be an emphasis placed on the utilization of antique rugs, French furniture, and the client’s extensive art collection. The dining room received a rich new paint color on its walls, and furniture and art that was salvaged from the fire-scorched home were cleaned and utilized. Future changes such as new draperies are planned.
The entry, which extends from the front door to the back patio in plantation style, was freshened with new paint, historic furnishings, updated historic upholstery, and an extensive collection of paintings by Mississippi artists. A beautiful historic fireplace surround from an historic Mississippi building became the focus of new living room. The formal living room came alive when pieces from the recently destroyed home were restored and placed in the space. A recently purchased Persian carpet anchors the collection of new and antique furnishings. Other work continues.