This charming colonial from the ’40s still had its original kitchen and butler's pantry, which were dark and disconnected from the rest of the house. The clients love to cook and entertain, and wanted to open up this space to the rest of the first floor. The challenge here was marrying the rustic character of the original kitchen, which the client loved, with the highly traditional colonial style of the rest of the home. This was achieved by creating a blend of cabinetry that marries these two styles seamlessly, so the connection looks like it was always there. Another goal of opening the house more to the park-like backyard was achieved with a 10’ wide retractable pocket window over the kitchen sink, and a new opening in the entryway that creates a clear view from the front door all the way through to the back yard. Open connections were created throughout, creating a kitchen perfect for family gatherings or entertaining.