Savoring the seaside
The design of the original kitchen seemed to purposefully hide its working spaces. A wall with a high counter space, too narrow to use for sitting or eating, seemed to suggest that stoves and sinks are better left unseen. The kitchen was u-shaped and blocked off from its dining space, which appeared more like a breakfast nook than the full family area that it is today. It would have felt unnatural to cook and carry on a conversation at the same time. Now, however, everything is on display, but in a way that is simple and pure, like the organic strawberries of the earlier analogy.
Paul Puchol, manager of Main Street Kitchens, notes that, “The way the original kitchen functioned, it didn’t really allow you to see the view.” The open-concept, L-shaped layout allows one to work while watching boats sail through the channel just across the lawn. It also makes visible every interior feature, as Main Street Kitchens expanded the refrigerator wall to include open shelving and additional cabinetry. The upper cabinets, with their cathedral glass, create a hallowed quality, underscoring the importance of this room. “They make the most impact on the tall cabinetry flanking the refrigerator and wall ovens,” Waite says. The stove itself has become a key feature, one that connects directly with the new ceiling design. Waite explains that, “The extra coffers add intention. They are successful because of the alignment with the focal point of the room: the rangetop hood.”
One of the challenges that the designers and the homeowners would have to overcome was to revamp and modernize the butler’s pantry, a narrow room to the right of the fridge, flanked on both sides by glass cabinets and dead-ending with a sink and windows overlooking Osterville’s West Bay and Grand Island. Stephen Botello, owner of Botello Home Center and Main Street Kitchens, states, “The pantry is original to the house. We updated the mechanisms of the drawers to make them functional since they were so old, but other than that it is original and stunning.” While technically this space remains a separate room, the remodel improved its function.
“What’s really wonderful is that after opening the kitchen up, the butler’s pantry is much more accessible,” the homeowner says. “I’ll store items in there and no longer have to go through a door.” For a chef who enjoys cooking for crowds, the ability to move freely from kitchen to pantry is critical.
For about five years prior to the remodel, the homeowners had dreamed of ways to improve their kitchen. The Mediterranean style and architecture of the home would limit their options in some ways, however. “We had to be careful not to make the kitchen too beachy,” says the homeowner. Paul Puchol, Main Street Kitchens and their team were ready to listen, and ready to help turn visions into reality.
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