The open kitchen is a central design element — and daily gathering
space — in Colleen and Rich Tremblay’s contemporary Vermont home.
She’s an avid cook who is highly organized and likes to keep things tidy.
As in the rest of the house, the focus here is on clean lines and
“I think we worked harder on the kitchen than on any other area,” she
says with a laugh. “I didn’t want any wall cabinets, so Christian [Brown]
spent days designing the storage spaces under the counters. Everything
is tucked away and in the right place.”
To illustrate the point, she opens a narrow cabinet directly under the
deep kitchen sink. This holds her cutting boards, close at hand for
chopping food and near the garbage disposal, where she can discard the
scraps. The Blanco faucet is a flexible hose that detaches from a
horizontal arm that rotates 360 degrees; she can swing the arm over the
counter, for example, to fill a heavy pot with water.
The kitchen cabinets were custom-made of striped zebrawood by
Mark Simon of Williston, Vermont. The countertops are made of
Vermont marble, and the major appliances are from Thermador.
A nearby wall holds a built-in stainless steel refrigerator, flanked by a
nearly invisible cupboard that stores dishes, glasses, pots, and pans. A
pocket door leads to a pantry, designed by Vermont Custom Closets of
Williston, with cubbies and racks for everything from cereal and spices to
wine and seltzer water.
“My goal for the pantry was to come home from Costco and have a
specific spot for everything I had bought,” she says. “And I wanted to be
able to see it all, not have it hidden.” Another door leads from the kitchen
to the mudroom, which has a built-in bench, storage cubbies, and a
laundry chute for muddy clothes. Just off the kitchen is a screened porch
with steps to the backyard and outdoor grill.
“My mom is a phenomenal cook, so I’ve learned a lot from her about
what works, and why,” says Colleen. “And this kitchen works very well.
It’s all about creative solutions.”
design decision Everything in its place