Living the Good Life
For an outdoor kitchen fit for a hostess and her many family members and friends, Michelle and Neil turned to Glenn Meader and the design team at Good Life New England, who previously redesigned the West Barnstable home’s interior kitchen, and Ben LaMora of Lineal Inc. to execute Good Life’s design. The result of their work is a luxurious space that rivals many indoor kitchens, and the impressive design won the firms Gold for Excellence in Design in Outdoor Living at the 2018 BRICC Awards.
In developing this outdoor kitchen, it was important to Michelle that it have all of the amenities of an indoor kitchen—she didn’t want herself and her guests having to go inside every time they needed something, since that would require trips up and down the stairs of the deck. Meader divided the program into two cohesive sections—the “entertaining side” on the left, featuring bar-style raised seating for seven, and the “cooking side” on the right, featuring a built-in Wolf grill. Beverages are always at the ready at the bar end, with Sub-Zero refrigerator drawers and an icemaker. A full-size sink transitions the continuing stretch of light gray granite countertop to culinary prep space, and a secondary refrigerator opposite the grill provides storage for meats and other grilling treats.
Expanses of lower cabinetry allow Michelle to store her acrylic ware and cooking equipment. For Good Life New England, custom cabinetry is a specialty. “Our work with beautiful interiors is part of what gives us the strength and the background to be able to create these great outdoor spaces with fine cabinetry,” says Meader. Here, he and the homeowner chose a weathered graphite hue to contrast the white of the house’s exterior trim and decking—providing a laid-back yet sophisticated coastal look. The cabinet material is 100 percent waterproof, meaning this cabinetry will stand the test of time. To help give the kitchen a sense of definition, Joyce Landscaping installed bluestone pavers, which also complement the calming waters of the pool and hot tub just beyond.
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