Kitchen on the Half Shell

Waterfront living inspires a laid-back lifestyle, but that doesn't mean there aren't certain issues to consider when cooking up your coastal kitchen.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe homeowners credit much of the kitchen design to the view.
Surround yourself with kitchen colors that play off nature. Dreamy pastels such as light coral and sand or vivid shades like turquoise and lemony yellow bring the sand and surf indoors.

To keep the real sand outside, install an outdoor shower (which can be luxurious or a simple stall with a showerhead) near the kitchen for beachgoers or boaters to rinse off before they enter.

If you use your home only during the warm weather, give the kitchen a good scrubbing before you close up for the season. But if you live there year-round, Acker suggests adding a few warming touches like heated floors under the tile in the kitchen to keep warm and toasty during midnight raids on the fridge.

And don't forget to relish that off-season solitude. It won't be long before the fish are biting and a crowd is standing in line for some of your famous fish stew.

Photos by George Stravos


Duval B. Acker

Deborah Krasner