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Kitchen remodel in Longboat Key

  • Cabinetry: StarMark Cabinetry
  • Doorstyle; Maple Stratford with customized edge
  • Finish: White Cottage with Chocolate glaze
  • Kitchen Countertops: Cambria Dovedale
  • Style: Classic Cottage

My latest clients have owned their Longboat Key cottage for a number of years, but recently made the jump into retirement and left the big home in New Jersey to set up permanent residence in their Florida beachfront home. Since being originally built in the 50’s, it has not seen many upgrades or improvements over the years.

Each owner has a passionate hobby: his is remodeling and hers is cooking. He satisfied his needs by gutting the entire interior, and making additions to either end of the house – a new master bath on one end; and a garage, laundry/utility room, and pool bath on the other. Her foodie hobby was a little trickier.

They left a large home in New Jersey with an enormous kitchen. Because of its location in the center of the house, the existing cottage kitchen couldn’t be enlarged. That meant a lot of thought and planning went into making every square inch of the available useful.

Her list of desires was much larger than the space allowed: lazy susans in each corner base, spice storage, waste container and separate recycling container, pantry with roll out trays, pots & pans storage, full access to corner storage, tray storage, drawers, and a refrigerator alcove. She also wanted a simple cottage look with a distressed white finish, white quartz countertops, and a punch of color in the wall splash.

The obvious choice was StarMark Cabinetry for the project. StarMark’s selection of convenience accessories is endless and the ability to customize finishes and door profiles made the aesthetic selections a breeze. In the end, the owners chose to use the Stratford doorstyle, customized with a squared edge (the Lancaster option), ¾” plywood construction, and white tinted varnish with chocolate glaze that shows distressing and rubbed through corners, appropriately called the Cottage finish. The kitchen and laundry room were paired with Cambria’s Dovedale quartz countertop, and a 1” mosaic tile backsplash with a mixture of taupe and chocolate glass, interspersed with earthy natural stones provides the focal point of color around the window and throughout the kitchen.

After several design incarnations, we achieved the entire list of desires. A couple of compromises were made. One lazy susan corner was sacrificed to provide space for the dishwasher. It was replaced with a customized base cabinet with access on the front and back, providing easy corner storage access under the breakfast bar.  The additional relocation of the pantry to the utility/laundry room off of the kitchen provided the additional space necessary to create her foodie’s dream kitchen.

Since the utility and laundry room became an integral part of the kitchen planning (and completely visible from the main living area), the same finishes flowed into that adjoining room, giving a cohesive look to the overall kitchen area. A desire to anchor the master bath, but still allow it to have its own feel, meant continuing the same Stratford doorstyle and finish. Changing to Sunflower granite countertops gave the space a more contrastive finish.