Home & Garden

The Art of Collaboration

For Sue and Jeff Forsyth, overseeing a custom built, 4600 sq. ft. Farmhouse Colonial meant focusing, for over a year, on aligning their goals with the skills of others.

Choosing Founder’s Village in Amherst, NH had many advantages. “The feeling of the land was very attractive,” explains Jeff. “The elevation was exactly what we were looking for.” It was also central to the school where the Forsyth children attend.

Sue wanted a home built for entertaining, as the couple often hosts large groups of friends. “I was particularly interested in a friendly, inviting kitchen where people could group comfortably while we prepared meals.”

Sue and Jeff discovered cabinetmaker Christopher Schoen (pronounced Shane) after reading about him in Monadnock Living. Schoen, who has created some of the most stunning interiors in the Monadnock region, offers highly detailed finish cabinetry and a love for the mid-century modern style.

When the Forsyths reached out to Schoen, they wanted to discuss creating a kitchen based on the unique style of high-profile kitchen designer Christopher Peacock. “It was a great collaboration with good ideas flowing,” shares Schoen. “Being able to work together on creative concepts made for a fun project.” The kitchen, which was designed over several months of conversations and sketches, was built in Schoen’s 1700 sq. ft. workshop in Lyndeboro, NH. It was then installed within two weeks.

Now, soft maple cabinets with a sprayed oil paint finish, and traditional pantry latches in brushed nickel from Horton Brasses in Connecticut, grace the large entertaining kitchen. The kitchen floor is reclaimed, southfacing oak barnboard from Bingham Lumber in Brookline, NH.

The Forsyths were so pleased with Schoen’s work that they asked him to design a pantry, laundry room, and bathrooms. “I’m a perfectionist,” Jeff laughs, “and Chris met my expectations every time, often exceeding them!”

“Chris was a true find, in every way,” shares Sue. “He was trustworthy, reliable, and always did what he said he was going to do. We couldn’t have chosen better.”

*photo by Lori Pedrick

Christopher R. Schoen
Schoen Custom Woodworking