Northshore Home

Fall 2015

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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62 FALL 2015 The upper cabinet storage that was lost when win- dows were added was replaced with cabinets installed where doorways had been and with custom drawers in a new island. The design maximizes the use of these drawers to hold dishes, pots and pans, and cooking oils. The microwave, a top-of-the-line model by Wolf, even functions like a drawer. Scarfo and Saltsman consulted with Nancy Hanson at Heartwood Kitchens, "going drawer by drawer and cabinet by cabinet" to figure out the best configuration for their needs, says Scarfo. "Now it just works perfectly for us." The color palette and types of materials and appli- ances were also important considerations for a kitchen designed to serve as an appealing center of family life. When Scarfo mentioned that she loves green, Fre- chet took the suggestion seriously, ultimately incorpo- rating seven different shades of green into the design. The countertops are veined green soapstone, the draw- ers in the island are painted a light sage, and the grid- work in the windows is dark green. The backsplash— one of the room's most unusual characteristics—is tiled with deep-green ceramic leaves. The room also picks up visual interest from the pat- terns expressed in the varied materials. The striation in the counters and the island's walnut top contrasts with the floor's mottled travertine tile. "The vein [in the soapstone countertops] gives a lit- tle bling to the surface without it being a tight, confus- ing pattern," says Frechet. A little "bling" is also provided by the prominent bright-red knobs on the Wolf 48-inch dual-fuel range. Incorporating high-end appliances was important to Scarfo, who loves to cook, and was made possible with the savings in the budget from not bumping out the house's back wall. The room also features a Sub-Zero refrigerator/freezer and an Asko dishwasher with a Mouser custom cabinet panel. The total effect is a room that is attractive and use- ful both for daily life and family gatherings. Scarfo's large Italian extended family now has the space to cook together for holiday meals. "I have two daughters who love to help out in the kitchen," says Scarfo. "We can all be here and be prepar- ing a family meal, and there's space for all of us." And on quiet mornings, Scarfo and Saltsman enjoy sipping their coffee at the island while looking out into the backyard. "Everybody who comes and sits down says, 'I could sit here forever,'" says Scarfo. "It's a nice place to relax." Heartwood Kitchens, 75 Newbury St., Danvers, 978-762-7472, Michael Frechet, 22 Walker St., West Gloucester, 978-979-0089, The kitchen has been reconfigured, with doorways removed or relocated. It is now spacious and accommodates multiple chefs at a time. See page 176 for resources kitchens

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