GRAND BEST KITCHEN IN A SINGLE-FAMILY DETACHED REMODELED HOME—3,000 TO 5,000 SQUARE FEET

FOOD IS A PASSION FOR THE OWNERS of this weekend house in the Hamptons, thus the open kitchen concept. The layout is conducive to dinner parties in which cooking is both participatory and spectator sport. Extensive countertop surfaces provide extra prep space for group culinary adventures, and the galley is an ample 48 inches wide.

As befits a laboratory of fine cuisine, the space offers useful and task-efficient touches. One stretch of butcher block includes a recessed canister that chutes compost into an undercounter receptacle. A swath of black granite features deep overhangs, making it easy to sweep chopped vegetables into a bowl held underneath. Channeled grooves etched into the stone create a built-in dish drain, and the Elkay 10-inch, commercial-grade stainless steel sink is outfitted with Miele dishwashers on either side. A heated Johnsonite rubber floor is easy on the feet and holds up to spills and stains.

The same care extends to the guest side of the island, where intuitive design elements include stool seating for tasters and food choppers (with outward-facing utensil drawers), plus scissor-hinged maple cabinetry to house dishes and bar-ware. “It's handy to have those storage spaces facing the dining area, so the person setting the table doesn't have to interrupt the active kitchen,” says architect Eleanor Donnelly.

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Photo: Peter Kreze
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Photo: Peter Kreze

The hanging pot rack—a veritable piece of art in the center of this wood-and-glass beachfront pavilion—is a custom job with integrated stainless steel light fixtures. “We also made smaller matching hooks to hang on the cabinetry hardware for tea towels, oven gloves, and such,” says Donnelly. “These clients weren't afraid to put cooking on display. They wanted to have everything out in the open and within reach.”

Entrant/Architect: Stelle Architects, Bridgehampton, N.Y.; Builder: Wright & Co., Bridgehampton

LIGHTEN UP Before the remodel, dark wood paneling and heavy-beamed ceilings dominated the interior of this seaside retreat. To lighten the mood, the project team painted the ceiling stark white, offsetting the exposed beams in a driftwood gray to play up the vertical height. The existing wood floors were stained, sanded for a distressed look, and then restained. The active ceiling presented some challenges in the way of overhead lighting, but the architectural team found a perfectly elegant complement—a component light fixture by Swiss designer Ingo Maurer.