kitchen of 1910 shore house with exposed beam ceiling, white kitchen cabinets, prep island, undercounter refrigerator, double oven range
Photo: Michael J. Lee
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Cook's Quarters

With a plan for hiding the unsightly and staying within the house's existing footprint, Palumbo and kitchen designer Donna Venegas got to work on the first floor, creating a bright, spacious cooking and entertaining area where there had once been "lots of beadboard and a bad use of space," says Palumbo. Knocking down walls and annexing several awkward areas—including a dark hallway and a rear entry—they opened up a 19-by-28-foot room. In the process, Monaco found a few rotten timbers, which he shored up with an engineered beam. The layout changes extended the kitchen out to the house's exterior walls on two sides, where new windows went in, while others were enlarged for more natural light and to provide a glimpse of one of the area's hallmarks: a craggy landscape of ledge rock.

Shown: The kitchen's prep island is equipped with an undercounter refrigerator and microwave oven and provides easy access to the six-burner double-oven range.

Cabinets: Signature Custom Cabinetry
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