A stately heritage home in a mature downtown neighborhood is often a significant challenge because most of the “ingredients” of the new design were not part of the original environment. Indeed the room sizes and configuration were set from completely different requirements. Above all the client wanted this renovation to be “true” to the heritage of the home in all respects. However, they also required the usual contemporary conveniences of plentiful storage and durable finishes. The former layout felt claustrophobic because the “butler pantry” was separated from the main kitchen. By removing the wall it gave a linear continuity that greatly enhanced the perceived room size. Re-sizing the window permitted this continuity to complete the efficient work triangle. Using reclaimed wide planked maple for the floor, and matching the base cabinets to the floors begins the style. Painted uppers with glazed doors (some frosted), cove crown moldings’, Cup handles and knobs complete the look. New England slate in an antique finish is complemented by slate and glass backsplash tiles. The lighting (pot lights were forbidden) is carefully selected for efficiency and character. The embossed metal ceiling and adding as an island, the clients existing furniture, the link between the past is solidified.