Posted by: Scott McCullough | June 14, 2013


The Kitchen cabinetry took us around 3 weeks to build with most of the work being done at night and on the weekends.  As compared to a conventional cabinetry shop where the construction can typically take more than a month with several days for installation.  Our details are simplified and pretty utilitarian, and we’re very happy with the outcome.  It’s a unique Kitchen that you can’t pick out of a catalog.

The island countertop is made of local maple.  Jess’s father gave us the material that he has had stored in his barn for years under piles of hay.  Months ago we asked him to feed out the hay from on top of the maple so that we could get to it when the time came.  We had a local cabinet maker pick up the boards to work on at his shop in Danbury.  A few weeks later we picked up the finished butcher block, it was as smooth and handsome as we could have hoped for.


First we applied two coats of Boos Block Oil.  After the cooktop was cutout we could put on a final coat of wax.



The perimeter countertops are soapstone that we purchased from Shaker Hill Granite.  This material is most definitely not local, so it’s breaking some rules but we couldn’t resist the look and feel of natural soapstone.



Our Kitchen ceiling was a bit of an experiment.  We had the 6×8 timbers to mount the ceiling to and the plumbing supply and waste pipes, electrical conduit and ventilation tubing that had to be disguised.  A standard solution would have been to install drywall with plaster or a solid wood ceiling like v-groove pine.  That seemed to be a little illogical to us, because we wanted to be able to access the utilities if anything were to go wrong.  All along we wanted to have a transparent ceiling of some sort so that the lighting would filter through.  So we started making a wood slatted ceiling, similar in feeling to the slatted wood that we have around the stairway and catwalk.

The ceiling is about 12 feet long and 16 feet across.  I ripped down some 1x pine and assembled sections of ceiling that could easily be installed with screws and pulled down when necessary.


Our appliances we ordered online and were delivered several days later than scheduled which was pretty frustrating.  We bought a 28″ wide Summit refrigerator bottom freezer, a Bosch dishwasher, and a Bosch convection wall oven.  The GE induction cooktop is an auction purchase from about a year or so ago.


Although the lighting is screened by the ceiling, it provides enough light to work at the island.  We considered cutting square holes where each light is located to get more light down, but we don’t think it’s necessary.  The globe light over the Dining Room table is an antique that was given to us.  We painted the mounting plate and down rod, otherwise it was in great shape.


The large bank of drawers below the cooktop we use to store pots and pans, and other cooking items.  Turns out we have more storage space than we’ve been able to fill up.

I’ve probably mentioned before that the door and drawer fronts are all pine veneer plywood with a white stain.  And we used either fir or birch veneer plywood for the cabinet boxes, depending on the application.  The drawer slides are all Knape & Vogt full extension slides.





  1. Scott, the house is looking fantastic! You guys are amazingly skilled. I love the look of the natural wood in the bathroom and the kitchen. Reminds me of the times I would spend time with family up in NH since they loved the natural wood look in their homes. Hope you guys are doing well.

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