A Kitchen with a Surprise Space

The pass-through allows guests to chat with folks in the kitchen and further enlarges the space. We tucked a wine fridge into the dead corner. (The kitchen was too small for a lazy Susan.)

After we removed an old chimney, we were able to "cathedral" the ceiling make the room more spacious. We used 1x6 fir rafter ties to support the roof.

Taking down the walls between the existing kitchen and the pantry/entry let us open up the kitchen for more space and light.

We crafted "uplight boxes" to bounce light off the ceiling. All the fir was custom color-matched to the cabinets.

What a great idea!

Rafter ties and strapping in place, awaiting insulation.

The kitchen of this 1880s farmhouse was a mishmash of small spaces and additions. The initial plan called for removing walls to open up the space. During demo, the client looked up and said, “Can we capture the space in the ceiling too?” Sure we could! All it took was a few collar ties, light boxes to bounce light into the vault, and a chase to corral all the pipes for the bathroom above.  The final result: a light airy space with plenty of room for cooking and socializing in style.


Original back door before we took down the walls.

Before and After

This was the original contractor’s “flip” kitchen.

A cathedral ceiling and lots of light!

Tova has a keen eye for detail and was also very good at keeping me within my budget. ... I’ll definitely be going back to the steveworks team for future projects!

Evan, Roslindale