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The Tides of Chatham

Bump out chiller in Chatham kitchen designed by Roomscapes and Kathleen Hay

The “ship’s wheel,” as the designers refer to it, provides a seamless transition between the bar and the kitchen space, and is also ideal for entertaining.

“One of my favorite elements is the range wall where we wrapped the shiplap so that it becomes the backsplash. It’s this beautiful focal point,” says Whalen. At the corner of each end of the wall, the wrapped shiplap also creates an alcove where Whalen integrated base cabinets and glass shelving in the grooves of the shiplap. “It’s a decorative detail to the space that guests can enjoy as they’re coming from the family room or wet bar toward the kitchen. It’s a spot for the owners to have a personal touch—with family pictures and pretty vases.”

This use of the alcove shelving creates unique focal points that help in the seamless transition between the kitchen and the adjacent bar area. A uniquely crafted chiller by Livingstone Concrete Studio, located between the kitchen and bar area, acts as the bridge between these two spaces. “You can use it as a dry bar or pull off the covers to the ice wells and use them as a drink, raw bar or combination,” explains Whalen. “The banding on the face of the concrete matches the detailing on the decorative hood in the kitchen, so it very nicely ties the spaces together. When you’re having a party, everyone wants to try to stand at the kitchen or the bar, but that ship’s wheel, as we call it, gives guests a reason to put their focus elsewhere and allow the hosts to continue prepping.”

This new classic kitchen is oriented to make the most of not only the floorplan of the space but the outside property as well. “One of the most beautiful views is truthfully the window over the kitchen sink,” says Whalen. “It seems kind of strange with all the gorgeous water views just through the back slider, but we added this gorgeous window box in that window. In the summer, it’s filled with spectacular flowers, so even though it’s looking at the yard, not the water, it’s a great spot when you’re at the sink or sitting at the breakfast bar.”

The comfort and functionality throughout the home, especially in the kitchen, ensures both the homeowners and their guests can fully enjoy themselves in this seaside gem. “It’s not a house where you feel like you can’t touch anything,” says Whalen. “And that’s hard to achieve.” Hay adds, “It’s a space where you can be comfortable in your flip-flops, but it’s still sophisticated.”

Jean Yves Cousteau once said, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” The same is true of a home—especially one that presents like a ship on land—and the team at Roomspaces certainly succeeded in creating a feast for the eyes and the soul out of this Chatham space.

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