We recently dropped in on New Yorkers Charlie and Kevin Dumais at their country workshop in Bantam, Connecticut, where Charlie, a lighting designer, makes their ceramic lamp line, and Kevin runs his interiors business: see Studio Visit with Dumais Made. Today, we’re following the couple to their nearby home in Litchfield to take a look at their Ikea-with-a-twist kitchen.

Over the last few years we’ve spotlighted a lot of inspired kitchen remodels built on an Ikea foundation upgraded with custom cabinet fronts. In Europe there are countless versions to choose from. But US companies have been slower to catch on: Semihandmade, which Kevin and Charlie worked with, is one of the first. And has been growing: back in 2015 when we featured designer Sarah Sherman Samuels’ Semihandmade Kitchen Remodel, it had a single showroom in LA. Semihandmade has since opened outposts in NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Palm Springs. Working on a tight budget—and doing much of the work themselves on weekends—the Dumais duo were able to install a 150-square-foot, modern-rustic kitchen from affordable off-the-rack parts. The results, if you ask us, are far from cookie cutter.

Photography by Kevin Dumais, unless noted

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Above: After marrying in 2014, Kevin and Charlie began house hunting and ultimately fell for a newly shored-up 1941 Cape Cod cottage, where they spend half the week (they also have a small apartment in NYC). They didn’t have to worry about installing new systems but wanted to rethink the dark kitchen: “laminate mock cherry and beige granite,” says Kevin.

They sent the existing cabinets, counters, and outsized appliances off to be repurposed: their floor installer/refinisher took them for a personal project as a barter for replacing the kitchen’s floor tile with ebonized oak that matches the adjoining dining room. “For additional spatial continuity, the wall separating the kitchen and the dining room was knocked down [see below] and the appliances were reoriented to create a U-shaped layout with central work table,” explains Kevin. Photograph by Eric Piasecki.

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