Walczak Design & Build


Saddle Hill English Inspired Renovation

While the US had become their chosen home for their family, England would forever be their hearts and our clients wanted that reflected in their house. The current kitchen was in dire need of an update and the post and beam framing created an awkward floor plan with no access to the dining area. Our clients wanted to be able to create a more open floor plan while maintaining the distinction of each room’s purpose.

In order to achieve their goals, we had to remove existing posts and fabricate and install two 20’+ beams to bear the load of the second floor. We created a new pass-through to the dining room and reconfigured and renovated the former laundry and pantry. In addition, all hardwood floors on the first floor were refinished and newly stained creating a seamless transition from room to room in this expansive home.

What resulted was just that: an open-concept, bright English-inspired kitchen/dining, great room, and laundry space. The kitchen features custom inset cabinetry in three painted finishes, aged brass hardware, a large range alcove with built-in shelving, an oversized island with plenty of prep space with oversized brass bell pendants, and a 12′ floor-to-ceiling pantry.
The project continued into the Great Room and was an exercise in creating congruent yet unique spaces with their own specific functions for the family. Cozy yet carefully curated. New wood beams were added to the dining room as a connective design element to the kitchen and great room. Not to be overlooked, the laundry room and walk-in pantry were renovated as well. Featuring custom cabinetry, quartz countertops, and custom shelving with beautiful corbels.
“Derek and his crew are consummate professionals. They have incredible pride in the work they do and the product is a clear reflection of that…Lisa was a superb partner through the design process. We had a fairly strong perspective on the look we were aiming for, but Lisa was invaluable in helping us to translate that concept into a robust, functional design.”

— M. Waltham