The Kitchen


The cabinets appeared to have gone years without being cleaned. Although the countertops were very low, the wall units extended all the way to the dropped ceiling. We have been told that Mrs. Sofley was only about 4ft. 11in. tall. The base cabinets were designed to be at a workable height for her. The cabinets were custom built but contained no fine woods nor interesting features. We were told that the ceilings were lowered in the 1970s to conserve heat.

The view out the window gives an indication of the lush green that surrounds the entire house. Mr. Sofley's shaving mirror hangs between the windows. The rusted sink was replaced with a modern deep sink and faucet.

The cabinets were built by Frank Sofley, brother of the owners. Although they held no beauty for us, they were extremely difficult to remove. They had been built in place and nails were not spared in their construction.

kitchen5 The new cabinets are made from Hickory. The corner units have glass doors. We chose not to raise the ceilings. The new countertops are textured laminate that looks somewhat like the native soapstone.

The island was added to provide additional workspace and a small eating area for those quick meals on the run.

KITCHEN2 An assortment of items were left in the cabinets but nothing of value. The old step stool is in fine shape and we held on to it. As with the bathroom, the lower half of the walls was covered with a Formica/Masonite material that was very well glued. The floors are covered with Linoleum. The lock on the kitchen door has a patent date of 1888. KITCHEN4
To make room for a stove, the door had to be moved about 18 inches. A modern kitchen was very important to us but we tried to maintain a country look.

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