kitchen of 1910 shore house with exposed beam ceiling, white kitchen cabinets, kitchen island, beadboard walls
Photo: Michael J. Lee
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Practicality vs. Charm

For every part of the project, the biggest challenge was also a primary source of the place's charm: The house did not have conventional interior walls. "The walls were ¾-inch tongue-and-groove beaded boards, and every ceiling showed exposed-beam frame structure," says contractor Chris Monaco. "That's common in cottages here. It makes it difficult to hide plumbing and electrical lines." The solution was to strategically add sections of dropped ceiling and box out other areas throughout the house to act as cover for ductwork, plumbing, and wiring.

Shown: Two islands—a prep station (foreground) and a mingling and eating bar—help the extended kitchen function for a crowd. The cabinet colors are a friendly mix of white, seafoam blue, and driftwood.

Island: Premier Custom-Built
Stools: Constance Counter Stool, Ballard Designs
Pendant light: Jamie Young Company Udaipur Pendant, Wayfair
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