fic flow. Spaced at a crucial “
two-butt-width,” that is, more than 4 feet apart,
the two islands make it possible “for more
than 20 people to gather around and eat
and cook,” Campbell-King jokes.
The island nearest the French doors
is used primarily as a service and buffet
area, with under-counter beverage coolers making it a natural gathering spot,
whether people are staying in the kitchen
or strolling out the doors to the veranda.
The end nearest the stove is also a cooking
prep area, and the homeowner’s old stainless steel pot rack hanging above keeps
equipment handy. The other island contains a sink, double dishwasher drawers,
and work surfaces that face a curved countertop with casual seating and the family room beyond, which is highlighted by
the bay window. Both islands are outfitted
with cabinets and pullout drawers to maximize storage.
Surfaces and materials convey a minimalist aesthetic. Most of the cabinetry is
bamboo, chosen for its sustainability and
its light hue. Countertops are a quartz composite that resembles granite. Flooring is
quartersawn white oak along the perimeter traffic corridors and ceramic tile that
resembles bluestone in the work area.
Still, elements of the old service-kitchen era were salvaged and reused. “We
tried to save as much of the old woodwork
as we could,” says Grenier, who painstakingly removed teak cabinets from an area
that originally served as the children’s
dining room. Martin Woodworks, a West
Warwick, Rhode Island, cabinetmaker, re-purposed all of the wood (augmented with
some new teak) to create a floor-to-ceiling
storage area in the kitchen, complete with
original built-in rolling drawers for storing
table linens. Also salvaged
was the 25-year-old commercial stove, beloved by the
pragmatic homeowner. “It
works!” she says, so she kept
its original metal backsplash and had a new
vent with a copper hood installed.
The mudroom gives the house a much-needed casual entry, complete with counters, cabinets, bench, and coat hooks for
stowing all manner of gear. A bluestone
floor holds up to mud-caked boots and
dirt-covered dogs, while the beadboard
walls give the space farmhouse appeal.