About the Project
With water and garden views, this kitchen and family room addition affords the perfect flow for either intimate or large gatherings. To honor the traditional structure and neighborhood, the design concept centered around a “scullery” kitchen, but with all the latest appliances and accessories. Light flooring unites the new spaces with the dining area, while reclaimed barn beams and posts heighten the illusion of rooms that have always been there. In a nod to the home’s brick exterior, the backsplash (covering the entire wall) mimics craggy bricks that have been painted over. Time-honored inset cabinetry with classic Shaker doors was chosen. Perennially popular white paint was applied to the perimeter, while the island’s rift-cut white oak received a custom stain and textured finish. Matching panels disguise the refrigerator, freezer and dishwasher. A mix of countertop materials lends richness: honed granite on the perimeter, quartzite on the island, and natural walnut in the front window and pass-through to the dining room.
Even with the abundance of appliances (refrigeration columns, a 48” range, microwave, steam oven, and warming drawer), there’s enough room for two pantries, and island seating for six. For all its functionality, it’s still a warm, homey, “lived-in” space.