Cathi Hodgins’ kitchen, that’s what. The designer finally renovated her favorite room. It was worth the wait.
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The first thing friends mention when they visit Cathi Hodgins’ new kitchen for the first time is how much larger the room is. Truth to tell, the space didn’t grow an inch. But it looks and feels more expansive, thanks to thoughtful space planning.
Originally, the kitchen’s flow—visually and functionally—was interrupted by doorways to the foyer, basement and dining room. To achieve the right balance, Hodgins closed one passage and widened another. “Closing the door to the foyer gave me the long wall I needed for cabinets and a central peninsula,” she says. “And removing part of a wall and opening the kitchen to the den makes both rooms look and feel more spacious.”
Streamlined counter-height stools are tucked in a compact dining area in the peninsula, which also accommodates a second, bar-sized sink that is ideal for prepping fruits and veggies. Appliances and workstations are strategically sited to reduce steps and increase efficiency. The cook can readily pivot from the prep sink to the range, from the wall oven or fridge to the counter, from the main sink to the dishwasher.
“One or two steps and you’re there,” Hodgins says.
Instead of traditional cabinets with doors, most of the under-counter storage is dedicated to large drawers, which make it easier to keep pots, pans and cooking utensils neatly organized. The cerebral layout includes a bank of drawers for cutlery and table linens sited only a few steps from both the eat-in area of the kitchen and the adjoining dining room.
“It’s logical that when you set the table you take your placemats, your silver and your napkins,” she says.