The size and shape of the kitchen bumpout was determined by traffic corridors and function. "In a beach house where there's lots of entertaining, I like to allow a 4- to 4½
-foot traffic corridor versus the more conventional 3½
-foot corridor," says kitchen designer Scott Smith, the architect's husband, who worked with her on the project.
The 13-by-14-foot room includes zones for cooking and cleaning deep within the kitchen along the exterior wall, a center island with an undercounter fridge so that kids can easily grab a juice, and a snack counter on the family room side of a half wall to keep guests nearby but out of the work area.
A built-in storage unit has the furniture look of an antique step-back cupboard, complete with bin pulls and a marble work surface. Beadboard doors, nickel hardware, subway tile, marble counters, an apron-front sink, and old-style work lights give the all-white room its vintage style. A white enamel finish allows the modern range and hood to fit right in.
Cabinets: Crystal Cabinet Works
Drawer pulls: Restoration Hardware
Lights: Hudson Valley Lighting
Sink, faucet: Kohler