Ever wonder what a contractor chooses for his own cook space? One peek inside the home of Seth Churchill, who runs a design-build firm with his brother, Rafe, suggests that when you've seen it all, you may actually want less. The two men had put in countless kitchens before tackling the one Seth shares with his wife, Kelly, and their two young kids. Tucked at the back of an 1890s cottage, in Lakeville, Connecticut, the space hadn't been updated in decades.
Painted beadboard, open shelves, large new windows, and a ceiling that angles up into attic space make the footprint feel bigger. The island serves as a social spot but also packs a dishwasher and drawers for pots and utensils.
Seth Churchill, Churchill Brothers LLC, Sharon, CT; 860-364-5152Millwork: Tallon Lumber
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Alfred Brown & Son Cabinetry, Bantam, CT; 860-567-7007Butcher-block island top: John Boos