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Photo by Michael J. Lee

Constructed in the 1880s, this oceanfront Shingle Style home on the North Shore is gracious and well built, yet the layout was choppy and some interior spaces were cramped. So the homeowners leapt at the chance to buy the lot next door and expand. They hired Essex-based Carpenter & MacNeille to draw up plans for a new wing — including a revamped kitchen — and handle both the build-out and interior design. “The goal was to create an open kitchen that connects to the rest of the house,” says designer Hattie Holland. A dramatic departure from its predecessor, the spacious new kitchen is a modern-day cook’s dream that pays tribute to the home’s origins and the setting.


1 | Essex-based Stephen Terhune Woodworking crafted the off-white cabinetry.

2 | A range hood of patinated zinc and stainless-steel by Brooks Custom serves as the room’s focal point. “It’s reminiscent of an old-style cooking hearth, but in a very modern sense,” says Holland.

3 | The silver travertine backsplash, fabricated to appear as one continuous piece, echoes the stony colors, silvers, and dusty blues of the rocky coastline outside.

4 | A massive double-sided island creates a buffer between the prep space and eating area.

5 | A second sink is situated close to the coffee station and built-in wine refrigerator. “We used every inch of this kitchen,” says Holland.

Photo by Michael J. Lee

6 | Nautically inspired light fixtures, by Visual Comfort, recall ship portholes.

7 | Countertops are made of Lagos Blue Caesarstone.

8 | Antique heart pine matches the home’s existing flooring.

9 | The original kitchen “was not an entertaining space at all,” says Holland.