The Kitchen Perfected: Anatomy of an Award-Winning, Historic Kitchen Renovation

Apr 11, 2022 | All

Remodeling a kitchen in an historic home presents a few key challenges. Chief among these is honoring the original style while restructuring the design, layout and functionality to meet the needs of today’s cooking and entertaining rituals.

For this remodel in Denver’s Country Club neighborhood, Kitchen Distributors’ senior project designer Elisabeth transformed a dark, outdated kitchen into a bright, timeless space that matches the historic beauty of the 1905 home, while adding functional elements that make it ideal for entertaining.

New Layout

The original kitchen included an awkward entrance from the front hall, an inefficient peninsula layout, and a poorly placed cooktop that made the peninsula largely unusable. Elisabeth transferred the cooking utility to the back wall, freeing up the peninsula island for prep and entertaining space.

Designed for Entertaining

The clients regularly entertain and wanted a warm, welcoming space where they could host gatherings for their large family. The new space plan  was designed to optimize flow, and now features high-end appliances including Wolf double wall ovens and a large Sub-Zero refrigerator—that make it  comfortable to cook in while guests mingle throughout.

Design Details

White inset cabinetry was selected to blend seamlessly with the original entryway and window molding. When combined with White Dove painted walls, the room took on a new elegance that transforms as day shifts to night.

A herringbone-patterned Cloud Nine marble backsplash from Decorative Materials adds texture and a touch of shine while traditional window valances in a classic blue-and-white pattern match the ruffled blue and white stools.

Before & After: Elisabeth’s Challenge

Elisabeth's Challenge

Tour this Historic Renovation

Historic Renovation
To make the space feel warm and welcoming, Elisabeth expanded the awkward entrance by angling the cabinetry. Maximizing the light was key, so she replaced the original dark cabinets with white custom cabinets from Rutt that feature Abbey inset doors and walnut interiors.


walnut interiors
Traditional detailing was incorporated throughout. A Shaws Fireclay Farmhouse Sink was accessorized with a Waterstone faucet in a classic finish. An antique polished nickel Visual Comfort Farlane chandelier hangs over the cozy eat-in kitchen. And pops of navy blue were used throughout.


Shaws Fireclay Farmhouse Sink
Elisabeth retained the existing bar area, redesigning it to create a more sophisticated and functional space. She topped a Grothouse walnut bar with glass-fronted cabinets that showcase the owners’ collection of stemware. The bar area was finished with a brushed nickel sink from Native Trails and tile backsplash with an elegant silver crackle glaze.Below, Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers were installed to keep drinks and ice cold and out of the main refrigerator.


sophisticated and functional space
A large Wolf cooktop with custom hood was paired with a striking marble backsplash of Cloud Nine polished marble in a twill mosaic pattern from Decorative Materials, allowing the owners a roomy and sophisticated space to cook.


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Kitchen Distributors is an award-winning kitchen design team that turns your dream kitchen in Denver, CO to a reality. From concept to full-service construction, we take care of all the details of your future kitchen design, so you can focus on what matters.