Under the care of an anxious new owner, Paul Rogers, an old whaling cottage circa 1840s
was saved and restored. In the pretty blue and yellow kitchen, ceiling-hung cabinets hold the vent hood and frame an opening that allows the cook to keep an eye on guests. The white apron-front sink, seeded-glass cabinet doors, Victorian-style faucet, and butcher-block counters all add cottage accents.
"Every single ounce of space was put to use, whether for closets, plumbing, or heating and cooling," says Paul. "Because plots in the historic district are generally small, and you can only build on a percentage of your land, there is this constant utilitarian ethos running through both the house and the entire town."