Low Country Kitchen: New Construction in Gulf Breeze


The client wanted a comfortable home that would accommodate both a busy young family and a desire to entertain large groups of friends.

The client asked for a kitchen that looked like it evolved over time, balancing elements of modern convenience with the time worn and loved appearance of heirloom furniture. Two sinks were high on the priority list so that multiple cooks could prep and clean without interfering with each other. A large refrigerator was needed for a busy family of five. Enough seating was mandatory for all the kids to be able to eat breakfast, as well as do homework under mom’s evening supervision. And, most of all, (despite the size of the home) the client wanted the kitchen to be unassuming, without an abundance of ornate moldings or fanciful detail. This was to be a working kitchen – literally and figuratively the hub of an active family.

Design Solutions:

This kitchen was designed to flow easily, whether entertaining 50 or preparing evening supper. The Thermador 36” professional range is showcased in the brick alcove to give an architectural focus to the back wall. Stainless counter tops flank the range to afford a suitable hot surface in the alcove. Simple and classic white subway tile is used on the interior of the alcove. A pot filler adds an additional water source over the range. The island was fabricated from reclaimed sinker pine and designed to look like a treasured  piece of furniture. To add to the patina of age, the island counter top is honed black absolute granite The reclaimed sinker pine is echoed again on the glass front cabinets on either side of the alcove. The L-shaped island is used as a buffet for parties and for added work space for the kids helping mom with dinner preparations. This counter top material is Bianco Romano granite. The client wanted to use  White Carrera marble but was advised that the granite would perform better over time for such a busy lifestyle, but still retain the timeless look of marble. The primary cabinetry painted off white adds to the vintage look the client desired and also adds a lighter element to the interior kitchen layout. The sinker pine island and darker honed granite anchors the center of the kitchen without being too heavy.  The knobs and handles are in the same style and finish family, but are mixed together to add to the furniture feel of the cabinetry.

Other unique features that the client loves are  the plate rack on the side of the kitchen going into the Butlers Pantry, the pull out baskets in the large perimeter island, the beaded inset doors, the v-groove paneling on the ceiling, and the additional lower cabinetry facing the family room underneath the high bar. Additional seating was not needed on this side  and the cabinetry gives more storage space, as well as provides a nicer view from the family room.

This kitchen is designed to be comfortable, compact, and easy to maneuver day to day, yet the layout of the  perimeter island allows for extra work space and unlimited entertaining possibilities.

If you like this post, then you may be interested in this post about what NOT to do when designing your kitchen!

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