Credit: Bates Masi Architects
Mahogany siding wraps around the house and continues to the interior, reinforcing an inside-outside connection.
“Stunning” and “full of great architecture and finely tuned details” is how the jurors described Sam’s Creek, which they unanimously chose as Project of the Year. The kitchen’s mahogany paneling, which appears ‘‘to continue to the outside and seems unending,” reinforces the indoor-outdoor connection for this second home, which serves as a retreat for a busy family from New York City.
The cooking zone is at the center, connected to the rest of the main gathering space by living and dining areas. Sleek details abound—and they’re smart, too. Natural light spills through a skylight onto a prep area. The workspace is lined with travertine, as is the back wall. Builder Stephen Breitenbach points out that special stainless steel wire clips were fabricated for the wall. Furthermore, hinged mahogany panels hide the fridge, cabinets, and a pizza oven.
The kitchen is as high-functioning as it is handsome and an inextricable part of the living space. Here’s a setting where parents, kids, and guests can see and be seen—the ultimate expression of kitchen as hub and a savvy response to the way we live.