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The original kitchen in this 1950’s architect-built house was still in pristine condition when the new owners made the purchase. It contained a number of features that were ahead of their time, such as a pass-through silverware drawer and a drop down mixer shelf. Key to this redo was honoring the horizontal lines integral to the house. Quartersawn hickory was the selected material and the veneer was laid up in a horizontal rather than the traditional vertical orientation.
From the other end of the space, you get a better perspective of the preparation, cooking and clean up areas, as well as the seating opposite the stove.
This view shows the bookcase tucked on the opposite side of the island, handy for the cook. Note the the bank of doors concealing a vast amount of storage space along the dining room wall. Great hardware allows the large doors to move at the touch of a finger. One upper section conceals a slide out shelf, offering a coffee/beverage station away from the main prep area. The center doors have vertical grain hickory, offering some contrast to the balance of the kitchen with its horizontal grain pattern.

This contemporary kitchen maximizes the available space with efficiency and great storage   Drawers to the right of the sink are over 3’ wide allowing for all of specific categories of items to be stored together.


The existing cedar walls and ceiling drove the choice of cedar for the cabinets and the uppers were designed with open backs to allow the wall paneling to be viewed.  Mixing granite and butcher block countertops was a practical as well as an economic choice.

This large and sunny kitchen features cabinets of sapele mahogany and  birdseye maple, granite and cement countertops and custom-designed stools.  The stools were designed to accent the cabinetry, with birdseye maple seatbacks and sapele mahogany trim.  The steel base and footrest ring compliment the kitchen table.

This view shown the undercounter refrigerator drawers and specialty appliances.
The desk and pantry area are done sapele mahogany with texturing on the doors, offering additional interest and texture to the pantry doors

The eating area offers a custom table crafted from a big leaf maple burl.  This magnificent wood specimen was book- and butt-matched in a diamond pattern to maximize the beauty of the finished top. A hand-wrought steel base by Sam Ostroff of Salmon Studios, Florence, MA completes this work.

In this same home, a separate tight space was used to create a galley kosher kitchen, allowing the owners an effective and efficient means to satisfy their additional requirements.  This space includes a concealed ironing board and a cabinet dedicated to storage for cleaning supplies and equipment.

Hickory solids and veneers provide the warmth that gives this contemporary kitchen with an enduring quality.

These custom designed hickory stools tuck under the eat-in kitchen table.
This kitchen was crafted in collaboration with Sam Ostroff of Salmon Studios. The cabinet and drawer faces are done in veneer made of flooring material reclaimed from the jobsite.
Originally a "standard" condominium, the owner of this unit underwent a substantial floor-to-ceiling renovation of the space over a 2 year period, with beautiful, functional and unique results.  This open kitchen/dining/living room and adjacent music room have a cohesive look and flow.
The custom kitchen cabinets are of alder with a birdseye maple reveal and walnut accents.  Individual refrigerator and freezer drawers are distributed for maximum efficiency.  The dining room table seen in the foreground has a center lazy susan under the marquetry section which reflects the leaves of the trees providing the principal woods used in the space.
Custom stools were designed to provide harmonious, efficient and comfortable seating.  With a generous swiveling seat, the legs afford great stability enhanced with the delicate but sturdy and comfortable back rest.

This kitchenette and bar area in a contemporary vacation condominium was done in Koa veneer, a warm-toned, richly colored Hawaiian wood.  The pantry offers specialty hardware, well-suited for the curved cabinets, maximizing storage and access.

The cabinetry in this large, sunny kitchen is of rift red oak in an Arts and Crafts bungalow style house. 

Piper Woodworking, Inc.
P.O. Box 51502
Indian Orchard, MA 01151
Tel: 413 543-8779
Fax: 413 543-5783