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Residence Redux: Heart of the Home

Laverty kitchen

The two-island design of the Laverty kitchen serves its functional purpose for this active family while remaining aesthetically pleasing.

This is part five in our Residence Redux series exploring Cape Cod HOME‘s 2018 ‘Home for the Year.’

The kitchen in the Laverty home serves up much more than food

The impressive and luxurious kitchen of Charlie and Judy Laverty’s home serves many functions. Given the challenges of an open floor plan, this kitchen doesn’t intrude upon the surrounding softer, more intimate spaces, but rather extends the style and aesthetics found throughout the home. The refined choices of cabinetry, millwork, window treatments and lighting receive the same attention as the rest of the home. Susan Connor, principal of P&H Interiors, says it’s all an integral part of the overall plan that starts to take shape at the earliest stages. Connor, who has worked with the family on several of their projects over the years, says it is important to have as thorough an understanding of the family as possible. Only then can you anticipate how they will use the space, and most importantly how the space will serve to enrich their overall experience. “It really starts with early planning, right alongside the architect; knowing your client well, which having completed other projects with the Lavertys, we have established a really good working rapport; and bringing a vision to life to incorporate a kitchen where the family could join in, because this whole residence is about the family.”

Emily Levitt, project manager and kitchen designer at Faneuil Kitchen Cabinetry in Hingham, says the project began with inspirational photos submitted by the client, and while extraordinary and beautiful, the seaside personality was missing. “We had a meeting here in our showroom and we have a large display that touches on that New England coastal aesthetic, and as soon as the Laverty’s saw it, they fell in love with it,” explains Levitt. She goes on to explain that in such a large kitchen there is a very fine line between too much detail and not enough. “There is so much beautiful detail inherent to the architecture of the home—the coffered ceiling, layers of crown molding and then of course that incredible view. But the cabinets are a simple Shaker style and the top drawer fronts are a simple slab profile, so nothing seems to be competing for attention.”

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