The entire team at Lewis & Weldon spend their days transforming clients’ dreams into homes they love.
There’s nothing that invigorates Chuck Hart and his teams at Lewis & Weldon more than homeowners whose finished projects make them over-the-top happy.
“It’s just so satisfying when you see a client’s dream come to life right before their eyes,” says the owner of the award-winning Lewis & Weldon in Hyannis. ”My favorite thing is the walk through with the client at the end of the project, knowing we would not change a thing. When they love it, we love it.”
That was the case for Kevin Klett and the dream kitchen that Lewis & Weldon brought to life in his home on a cul-de-sac in Marstons Mills more than a decade ago.
Klett, who loves to cook and entertain friends and family, says it was important that he hire a builder like Lewis & Weldon who wouldn’t out-source the highly detailed millwork and custom cabinetry he imagined for his new kitchen. It was also important that his builder understood the vision Klett was crafting in his own mind.
“Lewis & Weldon just does amazing kitchens,” he says. “Their cabinetry is top-notch and has held up beautifully in the eleven years since installation.”
Hart and his team created an open, simply stunning space featuring a vaulted celing with custom-made beams, which span the width of the kitchen, and an 11-foot by 5-foot soapstone island that anchors the space as it welcomes many cooks to the kitchen.
“The project was a rarity because we really had no limitations,” Hart says. “The space just worked, exactly the way we had envisioned it. We were excited to be involved in everything from the initial plans, through every phase of construction, to the final delivery of a new and very improved space for Kevin to enjoy.”
The 30-foot by 20-foot kitchen was designed as an addition that took space from an existing deck, and involved the pouring of new foundation and the construction of sweeping vaulted ceilings supported by the beams that were designed and fabricated in the Lewis & Weldon woodworking shop, and ultimately lifted into place for installation.
“Because the whole space was an addition, and not a renovation, we kind of had a blank page upon which we were able to create exactly what the client wanted,” Hart says.
Some of those well-considered details included the potential of the over-sized island, and the complementary dark blue cabinets featured in the wet-bar area built in the dining room.
“From the start, I loved the openness of the entire kitchen, and the details of the ceiling as well as the custom-designed hood over the range,” Hart says of the project that also included a new roof, sidewall, and heating and cooling systems.
The home, which Klett purchased in 1998, originally had a tiny, annexed kitchen, and is anchored in a waterfront neighborhood that has access to sparkling Mystic Lake in Marstons Mills. The original kitchen was razed and the space was re-purposed as a spacious dining room where Klett and his husband Peter Lydon serve dinner to upwards of 30 friends and family members each Thanksgiving.
“I was always inspired by the idea of hosting large gatherings here,” says Klett, a Connecticut native who cherishes memories of summers spent with family, including his six siblings, on the Cape.
In addition to Thanksgiving meals (they stuffed two 24-pound turkeys last year), Klett and Lydon host an annual “Big Chill” weekend for college friends, as well as numerous summertime gatherings.
“This home is the place for our friends and family to meet up,” says the project manager who’s worked with multiple start-up companies, both in Boston as well as on the Cape. “And everyone is always in the kitchen; it’s by far the most used room in the house.”
That’s especially nice when your kitchen is 600 square feet, and your island is nearly 60 square feet.
“We can have five people working on five different aspects of a meal in the kitchen without getting in each other’s way,” Klett offers. “Everybody loves it.”
That island, Hart says, presented an unusual challenge because Klett was determined to have soapstone on all of the perimeter countertops as well as the top of the 11-foot-long island. But since soapstone is known as a soft and fragile countertop material, a section that size proved hard to come by, but Cape Cod Marble & Granite found the right piece.
“We really needed to think out of the box and it turned out to be a lot of fun,” Hart says. “We were able to get a hold of two bookmarked soapstone slabs that created a wonderful countertop choice for the island.”
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