Boston Brownstone Goes Green

This recently completed renovation updated a Kitchen and 4-season Porch to improve circulation, function, and connection to the rest of the home. Relocating the entry from the Hall to the Dining Room wall allows light  and people to flow naturally between rooms while improving counter  layout and work space. The original entry became a niche for shelves and cabinet for storage and display.

We worked with Terrene of New England to incorporate sustainable  materials such as PaperStone counters, Trend recycled glass mosaic, Cali Bamboo flooring, and Crossville tile. Paints from safecoat and PolyWhey from Vermont Natural Coatings met the owner’s standard for low-VOC and low environmental impact finishes.

Longleaf Lumber was the source for reclaimed  antique oak for the custom reclaimed wood table. Inspired by nautical furniture design, the table is hinged to store against  the exposed brick wall when not in use. The same antique oak was  used for a display shelf which frames the opening between Kitchen and  Porch.

The maple veneer bench is treated with water-based aniline wood dye for rich, saturated color which enhances the natural wood grain. An open shelf below the seat neatly stows bins for plant supplies, recycling, or odds-and-ends. A 10″ deep continuous PaperStone sill provides ample space for plants (and cats) to soak up the sun. With the table down this is a cozy spot for dinner for two or a simple cup of tea. Storing the table against the wall allows friends and family to gather and sit or work at the Kitchen counter which extends into the Porch.

Final photographs by Patrick Rogers Photography. Existing conditions photographed by aMortonDesign.