2009 Southern Home Awards | Best Before and After
The original 25- x 48-foot structure was erected by a local WWII veteran who had grown accustomed to makeshift living during the war. For the next 40 years, the hut saw numerous inhabitants come and go. When the Fredericks bought the property, the enclosure (as pictured here) contained three bedrooms, a tiny kitchen, a pecky cypress great room, and two baths.
We also get our first peek at the Fredericks' clever use of space―a friendly alcove seating area.
The space is perfectly suited for their modern dining room suite, and the lofty ceiling allows room for tall built-in bookshelves and high-impact art.
The industrial, prefab nature of the Quonset hut prompted the homeowners to use corrugated metal panels (available in most building-supply stores) on the kitchen island and surrounding cabinetry.
But the sleek room is anything but aloof. Says Michael, "A wonderful kitchen that's big enough to have friends and family nearby while a meal's being prepared is the difference between a good house and a great one."
- View this kitchen and more in Style Guide: Kitchens