Before & After: A Tudor Kitchen Catches Up To The Times

updated Apr 6, 2019
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(Image credit: Erin Francois)

Erin and her husband Ken purchased their 1934 Tudor-style home in July 2015 and spent that summer and fall renovating much of the house. They were working with a very tight renovation budget, which made tackling the kitchen a particular challenge. It had bug-infested cabinets, a crusty radiator, and a tin backsplash held on with double-stick tape. Since Erin is a DIY blogger and Ken is a commercial construction manager, who better to handle the project?

(Image credit: Erin Francois)

They reworked the kitchen layout so there was more counter space and better functioning work zones. All the systems were updated and new — including lighting, electrical, heating, ventilation and plumbing — yet the kitchen still makes sense given the historic time period of the home. All the finishes are light and crisp, and really brighten the room. The toekick heater is a really nice feature. It hooks up to the boiler but is tucked under the sink cabinet — a nice update from the old bulky radiator.

Shop Erin’s kitchen with all the resources and check out the financial details in her budget breakdown:

(Image credit: Erin Francois)

→ To see more of this home, head over to Erin’s “Handmade Modern” Tudor Duplex or check out the renovation diary documenting their Backyard Redesign. Erin also blogs at Francois & Moi.