A resourceful Osterville homeowner helps an architect and a builder design her multi-generational kitchen.

Photo by Dan Cutrona

Simply styled, yet tall and spacious custom cabinets designed by Peacock and the homeowner working collaboratively with Scott Horgan of Horgan Millwork in Hyannis, offer innovative storage options for the homeowner’s three sons and their families, who spend many summer days in Osterville.

Peacock notes that an issue presented by older homes is the durability of the original structure’s walls and supports and whether the existing materials will endure the new construction. “The biggest thing with an old house,” says the builder, “is it is brittle. It cracks. It moves.”

Generally, Peacock notes, an addition can be built alongside the existing structure, and toward the end of the project, the original walls can be removed and the two structures joined together. This project involved an entirely new kitchen space, however, so the whole side of the house had to be completely opened up. “The [old] kitchen had to go,” Peacock explains.

Work on the project took about three months. During a recent visit, the homeowner says the various elements are all working together beautifully, and the kitchen she dreamed about since moving into the house in 1980 is now a reality. “It’s built to be trampled [by the grandchildren],” she says, “and it is trampled on a daily basis.”

As is found in many homes today, this kitchen is the center of activity, and in the room, everything revolves around a unique center island. Designed and built by Horgan Millwork, the island’s tabletop is made of smooth teak, a wood that is both strong and durable—it is used frequently in shipbuilding—and unlike stone tops, is not cold to the touch.

Conveniently centered in the table is a narrow (6 x 30-inch) built-in stainless steel sink; it can hold wine bottles in a bucket of ice, or serve as a last-second hand-washing spot for the grandkids before meals. “It adds a special feature to this kitchen,” Peacock says of the sink. Underneath, a small wine refrigerator is built into the island’s base.

To accentuate the room’s high ceiling, Ford-Diamond Electric Supply Corporation of Hyannis designed unique, angular rail lighting, which adds a functional, yet sophisticated touch to the space.

Peacock Construction also installed a Kohler farmer’s sink by the rear wall, a popular feature many Cape residents have incorporated in the last few years. Adding to the size and utility of the sink are dishwashing drain boards, which are built into the countertop alongside, a creative solution that helps with cleanup.