Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design

HISTORIC RENOVATION

Our challenge was to facilitate a1300 sq ft renovation of a poorly designed kitchen and conservatory “remodel” - which was outdated and unrelated to the original design of the home.

This 6500 sq ft lakefront French Normandy home was designed by noted midwest architect Hugh T. Keyes in 1928. We worked closely with the homeowner to redesign the space to be much more consistent with the rest of the home.

We specified classic architectural details such as: ceiling beams, french doors and stone floors. The focal design feature was the application of 2 1/2cm Hamilton Limestone used throughout the space - including a beautiful new fireplace, surround & hearth - mirroring the original exterior stone.

As with many historic renovations, we were forced to replace a large portion of the original disintegrating foundation. Authentic materials were sought to insure a careful blending of the new with the original. A large structural column found during the removal of the partitioning wall could not be relocated. We devised a new plan incorporating it into the arch that anchored the sink wall. Layers of organic materials such as marble counter tops, iron, copper sinks and steel hardware & light fixtures added layers of authenticity to this successful renovation.

We are proud to say this project won The Detroit Home Design Award for Best Conservatory!

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Extreme Kitchen Makeover