The white kitchen cabinetry was custom built by Herrick & White to compliment the architecture of the house. Using few upper cabinets allowed for abundant natural light and outdoor views through windows above the sink. The white Carrera marble countertops and painted range hood provide contrast to the focal point of the kitchen: the oversized, teak-topped island. Working efficiently with the team under tight time constraints, Mike created distinct, yet integrated structures – with open sight lines to interior and exterior spaces – that give a subtle nod to the site’s earlier days as a seaside farm. Commenting on Mike’s meticulous work, Ken adds: “He even crafted a bird’s-eye aerial view of the architectural drawings for the project. The helicopter photos we just took show how our combined vision became a ‘vision accomplished’ in just 14 months.” In addition to working seamlessly with one another and with the homeowners, Ken, Sam and Mike give credit to interior designer Barbara Bahr Sheehan for her talents creating casual, effortless living and entertaining spaces. Barbara says: “The homeowners are a relaxed, no-fuss family so that’s exactly how we designed all their spaces, featuring lots of soft whites such as the Carrera marble countertops and backsplash and painted white cabinets in the kitchen.” “My biggest challenge was that between the husband’s and the wife’s extended families they might host upwards of an additional 20 to 30 or more people at any given time. So each space had to be designed to accommodate growth. My clients also wanted each to be an imaginative place where memories are made.” Indeed, whimsy abounds in all the children’s spaces as the boys’ bunk room is constructed to evoke the feeling of sleeping in a ship’s cabin and the girls’ room looks like a scene from “Madeline.” Although each component of the complex is separate by design, the underlying technology is a masterful feat of integration, boasting the latest in energy-saving features. “The owners are thrilled that they can remotely control HVAC, lights, security features such as the front gate, the pool temperature – you name it,” says Ken. “It was a tremendous amount of work for Sam to orchestrate across so many structures and it all works perfectly.”
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