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Natick Kitchen renovation nearing construction

These clients love everything about their Victorian home except their antiquated Kitchen. During the week this Kitchen is a crossroads for the operations of a busy and growing garden and landscape maintenance company. The small table hosts lunch breaks, staff meetings, and scheduling sessions. Evenings and weekends are a time to celebrate cooking fresh garden produce and entertain friends indoors and outdoors on the recently expanded deck (see New Deck will be Outdoor Room…). For a couple that loves to works hard and play hard, the existing space is short on both workspace and a place for guests to get comfortable or pitch in and help.

We sought to remedy the situation by removing the formal enclosed pantry and opening up the space to increase counter space without sacrificing storage. The wife (jokingly?) requested a comfy seating area where she could relax with a libation and admire her husband as he whips up delicious and healthy feasts. The husband is an audiophile with an impressive music collection which he would like to access from any room in the house as well as on the new deck. There is a formal Dining  Room which works well for formal meals and holidays, but having a spot within the Kitchen to grab a quick bite while checking email and messages was a priority. Another program consideration was wall space for display of the clients art collection, much of which was created by one of their sons. 

Several options were explored before choosing the angled peninsula to develop. The clients were taken with the way angling the counter created a sense of flow and openess within the Kitchen and to the Dining Room. We explored the possibility of upper cabinets at the cooktop but chose to maintain the clear view to the wall beyond for art display. High-efficiency pantry storage will be provided around the desk.

New deck will be an outdoor room for relaxing and entertaining

Framing and decking are in place and new posts and cable rails will be installed for this first phase of enlarged deck. Phase II is the enclosure of a portion of the deck for a screen porch. See Deck and Screen Porch Enhance Outdoor Living for complete design intent. 

Maintenance was a concern due to daily traffic of work boots from landscaping job sites. For this reason we considered composite deck material although there were concerns about it looking “fake”. The Arbor Collection from AZEK offers a variety of options which more closely simluate natural wood rather than the stamped repetitive look of many products. We selected Morado for richness of color which resembles mahogany.