Looking Toward Nantucket
The Carters favored a timeless
New England style when they turned their humble garage into an inviting
by Pam George Published March 16, 2010 at 08:48 AM
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“After all, people don’t go to the beach to sit in a room,” Munch says. “It made much more sense to scale back in the guest rooms and devote that square footage to actual living space.”
To preserve open space in the first-floor gathering area, the builder installed custom cabinetry and casework instead of closets. (A single coat closet is tucked under the stairs.)
The electrical panel is artfully concealed behind a mirror that is stationed over a built-in cupboard.
“In a small space, you get creative,” Munch says. “Nobody wants to look at an electrical panel, yet you have to have one.”
Visual tricks make the space appear larger. On the first floor, ceilings are low, a hair over 7½ feet high. To fool the eye, both the walls and ceilings are clad in bead board. Because there is no break in materials, the ceilings appear higher. “It doesn’t look claustrophobic,” Carter says. “It looks cozy, and as if that’s the way it should have been all along.”
Floors are clad in teak, a wood that is dense, durable and resistant to moisture. “Sand comes in—and you sweep it up,” Munch says.
The center island that defines the kitchen is topped in zebrawood, an exotic species with a distinct, striped grain that ups the wow factor in the space. “The wood is gorgeous,” Carter says. “When you set out dishes on it, you get the feeling that it’s a fine piece of furniture.”
Carter is an enthusiastic cook and an accomplished hostess. Having the kitchen open to the living area allows her to enjoy both pursuits at the same time.
There isn’t a gas line to the cottage, so she opted for a smooth electric cooktop. She is delighted at how well it works. “It’s easy to adjust to, and I like that the burners cool off immediately,” she says. “The cooktop also is very easy to keep clean, and it has a bit of sheen to it, so it looks pretty next to the glass tiles on the backsplash.”
Carter thinks of the pulls on the Shaker-style cabinets as pieces of art. Each is forged in the shape of a seahorse. “Each one is different, not at all like something that was stamped out in a factory,” she says.
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