One of the most dramatic changes made to the house was in the kitchen. To avoid the expense of relocating the plumbing, Kevin kept the room’s original footprint but updated the cabinetry, appliances, and fixtures. He replaced the dated wood cabinets, which hung near the ceiling and were difficult to reach, with easy-to-access open shelving and Shaker-style lower cabinets—all painted the same crisp white that coats the rest of the house. A ceramic subway-tile backsplash and sleek marble countertops complete the monochromatic look. Open shelving holds everyday basics; lower cabinets store pots and pans.
Instead of a bulky full-size refrigerator, Kevin installed a small two-drawer version in the wet bar area, just across from the U-shaped kitchen. “We opted for an ice-maker over a freezer because we don’t eat much ice cream but do mix lots of cocktails,” he says with a smile.