We’ve been in two beautifully renovated homes this week and in both new kitchens we noticed honed black granite countertops.
On Monday morning, we stopped by Cathy Carnevale’s in-town charmer in downtown Cold Spring to get a preview tour of her three-story house. It will be open for the annual “Cold Spring by Candlelight: Holiday Festival and House Tours” on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Carnevale’s new black and white kitchen is gorgeous, earning a six-page spread in the October 2011 issue of Better Homes & Gardens.
(Mark Vergari photos)
The honed black granite counters add a soft, elegant touch. “They act like soapstone,” Carnevale explains. “They absorb things, but they have all the benefits of granite.”
The room is not very big, and she decided to have the custom cabinets run all the way to the 10.5-foot ceiling for extra storage., with brushed nickel hardware. The stainless appliances include a Kitchen Aid refrigerator and a pair of Fisher-Paykill dishwashers. A laundry chute that runs from the third floor to the basement has been tucked behind the double Viking ovens.
On Tuesday, we drove to Piermont to see Walter Cain’s newly renovated 19th century house on Rockland Road. It’s on the market for $1.895 million (MLS No. 552600, sothebysrealty.com).
(photos from sotheby’s/Ellis website.)
Again, a black and white kitchen with handsome honed black granite countertops.
To make the kitchen work, he and his partner/husband Paulo Ribeiro gutted the entire room and made the space smaller, with a better flow, while keeping the wonderful old brick fireplace at the heart of the room. Then they took the reclaimed space to create a butler’s pantry, larger powder room and new laundry and mud rooms by the back door. “Before, the door opened right into the kitchen,” Cain explains.
To unify all of this new space at the back of the house, and to make it cozier, they added slate flooring with radiant heat.
The new black and white kitchen has custom white cabinets, honed black granite countertops and high-end stainless-steel appliances: a dishwasher, six-burner stove and hood, all by Thermador, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator. “I think the house deserves it,” Cain says. “It’s not like a developer special. We did it like we were going to live here.”
And now that we think about it, there’s another Rockland house we saw last month with a black and white kitchen and honed black granite countertops: Lee and Dave Feikens’ home that was featured on the annual house tour sponsored by the Rockland Historical Society.
(Mark Vergari photos)
The kitchen, at the very back of the house, was one story with a sloped roof. Insulation was pretty much nonexistent — it was a converted summer porch with just a crawl space underneath. On cold nights, you had to leave open the kitchen cabinets or the plates would freeze.
Except for the new custom cabinets in the kitchen, her husband did most of the fine carpentry himself. “Dave framed out every window and door in the addition,” says Lee. “Each frame has six to eight different trim pieces that he had to marry to get them to look like the old ones.”
The new kitchen and family room are gorgeous, and they mix seamlessly with the rest of the old house.
Except for the six-burner cooktop by Viking and a cool in-drawer microwave by Sharp, all of the appliances are by KitchenAid. The countertops and island are finished with black honed granite, with traditional library drawer pulls and brushed nickel fixtures. “No shiny surfaces,” Lee explains.
Well, three great black and white kitchens with sleek, soft counters.