There’s no denying that it’s bittersweet to be back in the routine of work and life and schedules. But, as sad as it is to say good-bye to the days of rosé, sunshine and sandy feet for some time, fall is a great time to harness that back-to-school energy and drive that is ingrained in us, and dig in to a great home project.
So long as you are back to the grind, we’ll give you one more thing to think about: a kitchen renovation for your vacation home. This is precisely the time to plan and launch a kitchen project for your home away from home, and we’re plating up plenty of food for thought. The following designs represent styles by BDG’s top-tier pros, along with some highlights of each kitchen. We hope these ideas jumpstart a kitchen makeover of your own—in plenty of time for a Memorial Day reveal.
MacNelly Cohen Architects; Photography by Bob Gothard
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Muntin-free picture windows The vistas of Chilmark, Martha’s Vineyard, are invited in, without interruption or obstruction. 2) A warm mix of wood Exaggerated window casings, honey-colored exposed beams and knotty softwood flooring unite for an appealing effect. 3) An inspired color palette Creamy millwork and paint and a sparkling copper apron sink are offset by a dose of blue-gray tile on the backsplash, which draws in the cooler tones of the meadow, sea and sky.
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) The custom-made island Designed by LDa Architecture & Interiors, the centerpiece of the room has a waterfall edge, oak wood stained to look like walnut and subtle shiplap detailing. 2) Soft and soothing materials Caesarstone countertops and Blue Glass Mosaic Tile by DiscoverTile create a chic and peaceful backdrop. 3) Lighting A triptych of buoy pendants over the island gives the space a mariner’s vibe and adds interest.
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Refrigerator drawers Easy-access, double refrigerator doors live to the left of the cooktop, increasing counter space and freeing up floor space. 2) The wood backsplash Cape Associates’ millwork shop fashioned a stunning custom backsplash in stacked walnut and butternut. Antique pine floors were stained to echo the darkest hue of the pattern. 3) The flow Via French doors, the kitchen spills right into the screened porch and garden beyond for seamless, alfresco living.
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Glass-fronted cabinetry The clear-faced cabinetry adds a little shine and light to the space, and spotlights the items within. 2) Range detailing The flourishes of the hood over the stove impart a more formal flair, as does the intricate basket-weave backsplash. 3) Woven rush seating Unexpected barstools make the overall look a touch more relaxed.
TAKE NOTE OF: 1) Throwback charm and modern amenities High ceilings and re-sawn heart pine rafters keep the small-scale kitchen from feeling cramped, while today’s appliances (like the beverage fridge in the island) offer modern-day conveniences. 2) Bespoke cabinetry The craftsmanship of Crown Point Cabinetry is accentuated by Farrow & Ball’s mood-lifting “Cook’s Blue” paint. 3) A separate pantry This out-of-the-way space stores the refrigerator, canned and dry goods, and has access to the backyard and outdoor shower.