On a recent afternoon, as Nick and Emily Deldon’s extended family gathered at their home, the younger set could be found running laps around the first floor—making a loop from kitchen to dining room to front foyer to living room, and back through the kitchen. Soleil, the family Newfoundland, slept undisturbed on the family-room hearth, and the adults chatted around the kitchen island, where they could easily keep an eye on the action. “This would never have been possible before,” says Emily, recalling their daughter Serafina’s last at-home birthday party, when guests had to line up single file to be served in the tiny kitchen then make their way into the dining room. “Now the spaces make sense,” she says. “There’s room for everyone.”
The kitchen layout is designed to support a family who enjoys cooking as entertainment: A marble-topped center island with plenty of prep space runs parallel to a working wall of cabinets, with double ovens and a gas cooktop, the latter crowned with a showpiece brass-accented vent hood. There’s even a lower section of the island that functions as a baking center for Serafina. “All these details really make the house work for this family, while also keeping it true to the traditional craftsmanship of the era,” Norm says.
Shown: A steel I-beam allowed for wide-open spaces in the rear addition. Ceiling coffers and natural wood finishes reinforce the house’s Arts and Crafts style. The new kitchen’s expansive oak island has a gently whitewashed hand finish. The family room got a vaulted ceiling, walls of windows, and a fireplace.