A Coastal Kitchen Springs With Ideas

A designer brings a breathtaking view of coastal wetlands into a waterside retreat.

The kitchen is the heart and soul of this home has a breathtaking view of the coastal wetlands and the bay beyond it. The house is 2,000 square feet, but it feels like a 4,000-square-foot home because of all the space incorporated from the outside. The floor-to-ceiling windows make the space seem so much bigger than it is.

The most important job in the new kitchen was getting the cooking area into tiptop shape. The kitchen's work area is set up in a very functional triangular shape, with the stove and refrigerator on one wall, and the sink on the center island.

The homeowners repeated the look of the cabinets on the center island. The island makes a great prep area, with its large stainless-steel sink and sliding Brazilian-cherry cutting board.

Nothing sets the mood quite like candlelight. The electrical fixture above the island looks as if the homeowners stood on a ladder for quite some time lighting candles. The fixture shines up and down, so it does a great job lighting the work surface below.

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