Vollertsen Architecture
340 Main Street Unit 203
Melrose, MA 02176

The transformation of a 1925 Cape Cod style home that blends new architectural details with reproduction and antique hardware and light fixtures to create a renovation that looks and feels like it has always been there.

Design Objective

Before the renovation, the kitchen and dining areas of this Cape Cod home were dark and gloomy.  By reworking the plan to improve circulation and to admit more light to the interior, both rooms now glow with natural light and look out on a south facing landscaped back patio.

• The former kitchen is now the dining room.   The former dining room is the new kitchen.  Switching the kitchen and the dinning room improved the kitchen layout, increasing kitchen efficiency. The kitchen was opened up to the dinning room through the addition of a pass through and bar counter, creating a more spacious feeling kitchen and dinning room. Opening the kitchen up to the dining room meant that the appliances and cabinets needed to be selected for appearance as well as for performance. Warm and creamy paint colors, a rich brown granite counter, warm wood stains, and a clean, symmetrical cabinet design create an inviting and functional kitchen.

• Large windows and a door replaced two small windows, providing greater view and access to the back patio.

• A long and narrow first floor addition was transformed into a new mudroom and additional half bath. Relocating the mudroom to the attached addition allowed for a more generous dining space and more functional mudroom, improving circulation into and through the house.

• A redesigned fireplace surround with a detailed mantle and bookshelves creates a welcoming focal point for the living room.

• An enlarged second floor bath incorporates a separate tub and shower,'his and hers' sinks and under counter laundry, creating a gracious family bathroom.

• An updated heating system eliminated the need for the center chimney, improving access to the second floor bedrooms and bath.