From the February/March 2018 Issue

New Kitchen, Old Soul

Writer Meg Fox  |  Photographer Peter Rymwid  |  Designer Bart Lidsky, Member NKBA (Kitchen Design), Jennifer McGee Interior Design  |  Architect Roger Schlicht  |  Builder Braunius Bros.  |  Location Ridgewood, NJ
  • Inspiration for the time-honored touches—Shaker-style cabinetry with bracket details, subway tile backsplash, honed-marble countertops, cupboard latches and more—came from the house itself, kitchen designer Bart Lidsky says. “The homeowner wanted something that looks as if it might have been there since the house was built but that is still fresh and current.” Bold black lacquer trimwork and reproduction light fixtures help to create the desired effect.

A sensitive renovation gives this kitchen a rebirth—And pays homage to its past.

Listed on the historic registry in Ridgewood, New Jersey, this 1907 Dutch Colonial had a lot to love: a large side porch, Arts and Crafts oak moldings, quarter-sawn oak paneling, pocket doors, original hardware and large windows. “We bought the house because of these features,” the homeowner says, “so it was very important that we maintain that original feel and charm in the new kitchen.”

Roger Schlicht of RDS Architects in Ridgewood, NJ, which specializes in historic home renovations, was hired to “double the house but make the end result feel like a house built at the turn-of-the-century,” he says. This meant tearing down an earlier “unsympathetic” one-story kitchen addition that “didn’t relate to the house” and didn’t meet the current owners’ cooking, storage or entertaining needs.


Read the rest of this article in the February/March 2018 issue of Design NJ.