The kitchen is in the back of the house, where a window frames, painting-like,
some of the birch trees to the north. Yet anyone working at the kitchen sink in
the center island also has a southerly view to the pond and ocean as well as
an unbroken visual connection to the house’s entertaining spaces. Only the
flooring — wood in the kitchen and hallway and concrete in the living and
dining area — materially separates the spaces.
As in any great house, the kitchen is at the heart of this home and,
according to owner Alper Caglayan, it “made maximal use of mass
production,” which was then “meticulously customized by master
craftsmen.” The cabinets are from IKEA, but their design was modified by
Wiebke Theodore of Theodore + Theodore Architects, while cabinetmaker
Greg Zoulamis of Zoulamis Fine Woodworking in Gardiner, Maine,
customized them with wooden bases and special interiors. Zoulamis used
maple Europly for the island base, which is topped by polished pure white
Caesarstone. Other countertops are black granite with a honed finish.
All the cabinets are white (as is the LG refrigerator) except for the wall unit
above the stove, which is a brilliant blue and, along with the yellow backs of
the IKEA stools, creates a Swedish-flag color scheme, a nod to the Caglayans’
years in Europe and their abiding admiration of Scandinavian design.
THE CUSTOM TOUCH
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