Park Hill Kitchen Remodel by Foster House Interior Design

This Park Hill kitchen renovation respects its roots while making space for everything from baking to feeding the family dog.

When Sarah Foster took on the task of reimagining a poorly renovated kitchen in a century-old Park Hill bungalow, she kept several priorities in mind: aesthetics (of course), the family’s love of baking, and Roger, the four-legged member of the household.

“My three main descriptors of the project are collected, fresh, and rooted in history,” says Foster, lead designer of Denver-based Foster House Interior Design.

Homeowners Emily and Trent Nestman found the 300-square-foot kitchen, which had been remodeled by previous owners, lacking organization, aesthetics, and a true focal point. “The cabinetry was failing, and the original design of that cabinetry was clunky and inefficient,” says Foster. “The island design prohibited interaction with the adjoining living room. The location of appliances didn’t support a workflow—everything was segregated with broken-up workspaces.”

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Foster replaced the existing L-shaped island with a rectangular one and brought in custom, locally crafted cabinetry featuring English-style inset doors with bead on the frame for a more finished look that is also “more respectful to the original architecture and harkens back to a time when craftsmanship was more prominent.”

But rather than opt for the usual bungalowstyle look—think natural cherry, Missionstyle products—she looked back to the early 1900s. “Granted, you know a kitchen would not be that large in the early 1900s in a nearly 3,000-square-foot house, but we wanted to keep everything feeling really fresh,” Foster says. “This bungalow has some original millwork, but it was also lacking a lot of original millwork, and there was room for interpretation. The clients have really fantastic taste and an aesthetic on their own. They travel all over the world and love being outside. I always like my clients’ homes to reflect their personality. So, we kind of day-together, and then I would take it to the next level. For the most part, they kind of said, ‘What do you think we should do here?’ and let me run with it.”

Foster kept the walls light to provide a neutral backdrop for the couple’s collected art and mementos, moved the kitchen sink to the island, and created a wall for the new focal point, a Lacanche Range from France. And then came the space for Roger.

Like many of the older homes Foster works on, this bungalow had an uninsulated stair room at the back of the house where she was able to add HVAC, vent, and insulation, and create a mud room and pantry customized for Roger with an eating station set in a drawer. “Dog bowls are a necessity, and now these have their tidy place,” Foster says. “The surface of the drawer is durable, wipeable Formica. Practical can be beautiful!”

The final touch is a custom-made door Foster designed to ensure the kitchen and repurposed space feel integrated. The door is upholstered in leather embossed with a chagrin pattern and features brass accents and a peek-through window with walnut trim. “It adds such warmth and style to a functional space,” Foster says. “It’s very cool.”