The clients of this new ICF constructed home wanted traditional design, yet desired to maintain an open floor plan to allow for entertaining inside as well as outside on their spacious deck overlooking the water. The challenge in this project was to create an atypical beach home kitchen, designed to be very traditional in feel but more contemporary in traffic flow and open layout. Because of the open layout, built-in appliances were a perfect choice to be fully integrated and thus “hidden” from view. This busy family loves to cook and is proud of their southern heritage of cooking, eating, and entertaining in a big way! They wanted a larger than life kitchen that would allow them to entertain their many friends and family but not sacrifice the southern coziness they love.
We chose rustic cherry cabinetry (leaving all the knots unfilled!) with a dark stain and slight glazing. In fact, during cabinetry construction, the cabinetmaker found a bullet lodged into one of the cherry boards! The island was designed for large bar stools and kept under a certain length in order to have a single slab of Gallo Beach granite on top. The hood is custom made with a copper patina on the top section, stone mantle, and supports on the bottom.
The kitchen and great room are contiguous but separated by a stucco archway. This separation allows for some distinction between rooms, as is typical in traditional homes but does not hinder traffic or “party flow” from the living and kitchen area. The pantry area is situated near refrigeration units, so near enough for easy access but still hidden from view of the casual guest.
This kitchen captures the personality and warmth of the people who live in the home with great style and function.
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