It’s a manly home in oak-lined Floral Park befitting an English Tudor. A gated entry leads to a courtyard. Knights in shining armor guard the castle. And the kitchen looks positively medieval.
Against thick stone walls and a slate floor, Richard Silva and Jerry Duensing have installed a galley-style kitchen that features wall-to-wall antique pieces reconfigured as kitchen cabinets.
“It’s a specialty of designer Nina Naderchi, who worked with Steven Thomas Antiques at the time,” Silva said. “She has her own shop now called Philosophy in Costa Mesa.”
Two stone sinks sourced in Europe give both a place to work – although Silva, who is in the restaurant business as owner of the Steer Inn at two locations, is loath to cook anything at all. Duensing, in the auto repair business, handles that task. The bar sink is used to prepare cocktails and the deep stone sink is for everyday chores.
The cabinets have been configured to work with a double-wide Viking range and hood and to accommodate an oversized Sub-Zero refrigerator.
“We had the cabinets installed on a base, so the countertops are higher than the standard height,” Silva said.
The cabinets are imported from Italy and the granite countertops come from Brazil. The sinks were found in Italy and Portugal.
Duensing is the designer of the two and Silva does the shopping. Both have learned how to buy in Europe and share a container with other shoppers to bring their finds home.
There is no telling the authentic pieces from the reproductions. Many of the countertop pieces are Italian buffets, but the taller pieces used as pantries are reproductions by Naderchi.
The overall look is elegant and manly.
You would think that after undertaking such a Herculean project as this intricate kitchen remodel, the two would never walk away. But they’ve bought another, larger home in Floral Park.
Will they re-create the look?
“We let the home speak to us,” Silva said. “Chances are it won’t look anything like this.”
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