After being in their house for nearly a year, the Matthews wanted to renovate their 19th century Federal-Style row house. After reviewing several designs, they felt passionate about preserving the old world charm of their home. The challenge was to create an open-concept kitchen and dining room that met the needs of this family of three. Michael and Jolene Matthews home was built during the late 19th century in a major northern city. One thing that attracted them to this house was its location. This area was defined by its historic row houses, which share similar facades that promote the feel of a close-knit neighborhood.