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  • Writer's pictureMorgan Martin Boyer

Mindful Renovations: The Kitchen (Part 1)

Historic Home for Sale Near Charles Town


As soon as you cross the threshold of Mount Ellen you feel as though you have transported back in time. Many of the original characteristics remain: from the original wood floors and incised stair brackets to decorative arch topped closets and wood beams. When it comes to renovating historic homes, the challenge is finding the perfect balance between old and new.


A copper farm sink is just one of the focal points of this marvelously restored kitchen in a historic home for sale near Summit Point.

The sellers of Mount Ellen knew significant restoration and renovation work was needed in order to bring the property back to its former glory. Up for the challenge, they spent the last few years reviving the old and respectfully adding the new to satiate the desire for modern luxuries.


Today we’re going to focus on the swoon worthy kitchen! The entire kitchen was demoed to the studs. The renovation/restoration work included new studs, brick repointing, new joists, insulation under the kitchen, pine flooring installed under the sink cabinets, electricity was wired to fireplace, gas was plumbed to fireplace, new electrical work throughout, all wiring brought up to code, and new light fixtures were added.


Visually, the modern upgrades complement the original features, creating a warm, functional space. Sparing no expense, the kitchen has high end appliances, bold countertops, and timeless cabinetry. Highlights include the solid surface soapstone countertops with full 18″ backsplash, copper hammered apron sink, the original cooking fireplace fitted with a 48″ dual fuel GE Monogram range and double oven, mounted walnut and iron open shelving, selected GE Cafe Matte White Refrigerator and Dishwasher with bronze handles, and installed Kemper Emerge Kirby Maple Painted semi-custom cabinets. 

Next time, we’ll have a look at the addition of the 2 en suite baths and primary bath renovation!


The kitchen in this historic home for sale near Charles Town has been lovingly restored and upgraded.

Historic home for sale near Charles Town. This picture of the kitchen features a giant wood island.

In this historic home for sale near Charles Town, West Virginia, the original fireplace has been preserved as part of a modern gourmet kitchen.
An old kitchen fireplace is nearly 12 feet wide. The old brick shows an authentic patina of age.



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