Polk Valley Homestead

Designers: Lauren Villano and Jill Jarrett

Nestled into the woods of Center Valley, the Polk Valley Homestead has been passed down through generations. The young family living there now quickly outgrew the small kitchen that was tucked into the back corner of the house. A large, 9’ x 15’ addition was added onto the house to make way for a new, expansive kitchen. The addition was thoughtfully planned to stay in proportion to the home and to also retain the character of the exterior by using stone sourced from the property itself. The addition provided the opportunity for large windows to take advantage of beautiful rural views. This also created a challenge by eliminating almost all upper cabinet storage in the main area of the kitchen. Extending the kitchen into the eating area allowed for pantry and buffet cabinetry to accommodate necessary storage space. As collectors of fine furniture, the homeowners had a great appreciation for tiger maple. A local cabinetmaker was enlisted to build reproduction antique tiger maple furniture pieces featuring hand-planing, hand-pegging, and barrel hinges and hardware. The painted perimeter cabinetry provides a beautiful backdrop for the gorgeous soapstone. The new space is one that the family can gather in for many more generations.