Brown, who has worked for Classic Kitchens since the early 1990s, says kitchens today have come a long way since then, reflecting technological advances that effect the way consumers learn about new ideas and make informed choices. Today’s kitchen shoppers are very web-savvy, Brown says in Classic Kitchens’ handsome showroom on Hyannis’s Airport Road. “People come in and they are well-informed. They’ve been on the Internet, watched HGTV—it’s very different from the days when everyone had an L-shaped kitchen with oak cabinets,” says Brown.

Brian Vanden Brink

House on Northgate Hill, Chatham:
Cabinetry: Custom cabinetry with appliance garage, custom extra-large hood in cherry and stainless steel, custom island with decorative panels. Wood-Mode’s Brookhaven Winfield Raised with Cinnabar Heirloom finish on cherry.
Countertops: Paradiso granite with custom quilted stainless steel backsplash at range with custom stainless steel shelves.
Appliances: Wolf range with hood insert; Sub-Zero refrigerator and freezer; Sub-Zero wine cooler.

Brown, who loves her job as a kitchen designer, says that technological advances in the creation of kitchen materials and styles for cabinets, floors, and countertops, appliance options, and more have made today’s kitchen’s choices much easier for Cape and Islands’ homeowners who often face unique design challenges. The fragility, limited resources, and limited size of this marine environment can lead to daunting situations where homeowners must adapt their dreams of a perfect kitchen to meet extremely stringent regulations.

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Susan Dewey is the associate publisher and editor of Cape Cod LIFE, Cape Cod HOME, and Cape Cod ART. She lives in Centerville on Cape Cod and enjoys gardening, sailing, walking on the beach, gallery hopping, cooking with fresh seafood, and exploring Cape Cod and the Islands from shore to shore.

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