Ocean Home

May/June 2010

Ocean Home magazine is for people who love the luxury oceanfront lifestyle, from home design and decor to world-class beach resorts, villas, hotels, and destinations.

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SHELTER | INSIDE Kitchen Arts Designing that perfect ocean view kitchen with Robert Hidey. Southern California native and architect ex- traordinaire Robert Hidey has quite the eye for oceanfront kitchen design. Whether it is a Spanish Colonial home in Santa Barbara or a classic Mediterranean Revival, Hidey stays ahead of the latest trends. When it comes to design, Hidey thor- oughly considers every detail, challenge, and component in creating a homeowner’s dream kitchen. One of Hidey’s biggest challenges is utilizing a space while taking advantage of the ocean view. “Kitchens, just by their nature, require a great deal of storage, basically found in cabinets and walls,” Hidey says. “This can become a contradiction, because you want to have a lot of storage in the house while us- ing glass in the kitchen. I always have to find ways to introduce a lot or enough glass with- out compromising the volume of cabinetry.” Along with confronting the obstacles of kitchen design in an oceanfront home, Hidey also gracefully incorporates today’s latest architectural trends. In larger ocean- front homes, Hidey is able to create two separate cooking areas with dual functions, as well as kitchens that are used primarily for social gatherings. Hidey, along with most of his homeowners, have found that hav- ing two kitchens can be very functional for larger oceanfront homes. As for building materials, Hidey says to stick with stainless steel, copper, stone, and other materials that resist corrosion in brutal climates. “The primary kitchen can be called a ‘show kitchen,’ with a second kitchen be- hind it, more pushed back, for a caterer’s or server’s kitchen,” Hidey explains. “It’s a very open, functional, and informal design that takes entertaining into account.” Along with dual kitchens comes the outdoor kitchen, which promotes a life of outdoor living, Hidey explains. “Especially in Southern California, where the climate is so mild, out- door kitchens are becoming very common,” Hidey says. “It’s a place where you can cook underneath a roof, in essence, yet have it be open and transparent.” —Terri Ogan The Pour House Choosing the right bath- room fixtures might not be high on your list of priorities when rede- signing your home. But that doesn’t mean they should be overlooked. The Minimal Beauty line by Italian design firm MGS features six deck and wall-mount faucets, as well as a bidet faucet made of solid stainless steel carefully combined with the highest-grade material available in the field. Designed for master bathrooms, the look is simple yet elegant, while the form is durable and built to last. 561-218-8798, mgsdesigns.com. 28 oceanhomemag.com may + june 2010

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