A Coastal Home in Connecticut Undergoes a Magnificent Kitchen Makeover
Looking to renovate their home for a post-retirement lifestyle plus meet stringent FEMA requirements, the owners of this coastal home turned to architect and kitchen designer Peggy Rubens-Duhl of Fresh Architect Architecture + Interiors and interior designer Havilande Whitcomb of Havilande Whitcomb Designs. Proximity and views to the water drove the overall design. “Custom sliding-glass window walls and doors create a constant dialogue between architecture and the landscape,” says Rubens-Duhl. The kitchen design focused on creating a multipurpose gathering spot, cooking area and entertaining spaces; while pocket doors hide a pantry/laundry area and a bathroom. The kitchen and main dining room open onto a stone terrace with steps leading to the pool and dock beyond.
“There are almost no doors downstairs, so we developed a palette of color and materials to unify the spaces,” says Whitcomb. “The couple loves wood as she grew up in California and he spent a lot of time in Japan, where both cultures often use natural wood as part of interior environments. We didn’t want the kitchen and other millwork to be that dark, so the rift oak with a white glaze was a very comfortable combination. Horizontal white oak boards on the elevator connect this central element up through the core of the home.”
Aging-in-place details include wood flooring with a textured and grainy surface, lower counter heights, door and cabinet hardware that’s easy to grasp and generous spaces for maneuvering. Additionally, blinds, lighting and systems can be controlled remotely. “The Philippe Starck crystal vase pendant fixture perched over the Danby marble waterfall island creates an unexpected and beautiful finale to the kitchen design,” says Rubens-Duhl.
A version of this article appeared in the January 2018 issue of CTC&G (Connecticut Cottages & Gardens) with the headline: Grand Central.