We remodeled our kitchen a few months ago. Our kitchen project wasn’t a complete overhaul by any means—we wanted to keep a lot of the original cabinetry and the somewhat haphazard architectural details of the kitchen, which was built sometime before 1920.
Our goal was to have a kitchen that gave us extra space, but that looked as if it had always been part of our old Cape house. We talked to lots of people, perused dozens of magazines, spent hours on websites like houzz.com. We asked all our friends and family members what THEY thought, and everyone had a different idea. Kitchens are so important to daily living—for me, the kitchen is where I care for and enjoy my family, where I practice my hobby of floral design, where I like to sit on sunny mornings and plan my day.
It was through several conversations with our fine contractor—Scott Peacock of Osterville—that we finally figured out how to modify our space without creating something unworkable in our 1730s house. The final concept was actually my husband’s, but I think talking to Scott and getting his professional input really helped us figure out what we needed. When it came to choosing countertops, I was completely at sea. So many options, so hard to choose! And talk about making a decision that is engraved in stone—or in this case, in Corian!
It was the helpful, resourceful husband-and-wife-team at Coastal N’ Counters in Mashpee who got us over that hurdle. They steered me away from all black counters, something I was sure would work since all the antique fixtures on our ivory wooden cabinets are black wrought iron. It seems black counters are far more likely to scratch, and also, Coastal N’ Counter’s Stacey Ducharme felt I should try to match some of the colors to the pottery collection I wanted to display on open kitchen shelves.
The brightly colored French pottery actually became the palette for everything in the kitchen, a wonderful way to choose colors, patterns, and design accents. Often on gloomy or rainy Cape Cod days, I look at our warm-hued countertops and thank Stacey—I remember how dark and cramped our old kitchen space always seemed. And I thank Scott for his transformation of a nearly 100-year-old space into a cozy, comfortable haven that pleases me daily.
Most of all, I am grateful for the professionals who helped us every step of the way. In this issue, we share lots of information about home and landscape pros on Cape Cod, from architects to pool designers. I am sure they can help you with whatever project you are dreaming of for 2013.
Susan Dewey, Associate Publisher & Editor
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