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Classic Kitchen Makeover Adds Modern Touches

Hanna Lord loves a classic look, and with the help of a contractor, she made her older kitchen work for her modern needs.

By Karen Bliss

Mar 2018

Hanna Lord's Kitchen
Photo by Janae HardyTo keep some of the classic details in her kitchen, Hanna Lord installed an older style window to match the chandelier that was left by the previous owner.

A kitchen full of modern conveniences is essential for gatherings of family and friends and for today’s living, but that doesn’t mean your kitchen has to be a modern style. Hanna Lord loves homes with a classic look, and that shows in her kitchen. “I don’t know if any design is actually timeless,” she says. “But, we were looking for a classic design.” 

Lord’s house was built in 1911, so she was looking for a way to make the inside resemble the original home as much as possible while adding the modern conveniences of today’s kitchens. She had trouble fitting modern appliances in her kitchen space, even a refrigerator and a basic kitchen table. A contractor helped move the kitchen into what used to be the formal dining room. 

Even though it was a challenge to move appliances and hookups from one room to another, Lord says it made for more space in the kitchen for her family. Even with keeping to a classic design, Lord says most of the products she and her contractor selected were easy to find. Some of the staples of her design included subway tile, laminate countertops, which imitate marble, and antique brass poles. Lord says the kitchen upgrade changed the feel of her whole home and really brought her classic-style home “into the 21st century.”

Hanna and Lucy Lord
Photo by Janae Hardy

When redesigning the kitchen, one of Lord’s biggest goals was to have enough room for her family, including her three kids: Lucy (pictured), Olive and Calvin.

Calvin Lord
Photo by Janae Hardy

Hanna Lord’s family, including her son Calvin, was her inspiration for overhauling her kitchen.


Window Above the Sink 
by John Amos by Amos Millworks. Amos has since passed away. 

was already installed in the home when Lord purchased it.  

Anderson Windows and Doors

Wade Flaming, Executive Remodeling Concepts LLC, 417-861-0030