client stories

Jamestown, Rhode Island

Quintessential Cottage

Project Partners

Builder: Behan Bros.

Family Style, with Style

When Italian cooks and avid vegetable gardeners are your clients, the Kitchen gets special attention. This extensive renovation of a 19th century seaside cottage solved Kitchen conundrums and underused spaces.

Today, our clients cook and gather the family around a large island in an eat-in Kitchen with endless views to the water. A seldom-used door was replaced with a historically accurate oval window and cabinetry surrounding it, creating function and a special view to garden.

A small dining room was repurposed as a grown-up parlor complete with a tony bar, built-in humidor and reclaimed fireplace that was carefully rebuilt to meet current codes in the wood burning fireplace. Coffered ceilings, wainscoting, custom newel posts and a reproduction balustrade finished the home with the historic detail that was likely in the house, back in the day.

Key Takeaways

Lessons Learned from the Quintessential Cottage

More is more when it comes to traditional homes. Our clients craved intricate millwork, details and traditional reproductions. When a consistent level of ornamentation is applied throughout the residence, the details support one another and feel appropriate.

Start from the outside and work your way in. The exterior trim on this 1890's cottage was exceptional and charming. Take cues from the existing original elements and bring the same level of detail to all areas of the home, inside and out.