The owners of this home spend weekdays rushing through power lunches and business dinners, so weekends on Long Island are all about cooking for themselves. Quiet meals for two are top priority. But with four grown children and other frequent guests, the owners required a kitchen that also works for crowds.
Architect Alfredo De Vido's scheme addresses both the functionality and atmosphere his clients requested. For dinners for two, there's a cozy nook next to the fireplace. And for entertaining family and friends, he designed a no-nonsense layout. The heart of the kitchen is a butcher-block-topped island with back-to-back sinks. One sits across from the oven and refrigerator to facilitate food prep, while the other faces the dining areas.
To keep track of everyone's comings and goings, De Vido installed a chalkboard wall for messages. It connects kitchen to mudroom and harmonizes with honed granite counters and slate floor tiles. And if things get hectic, kitchen sightlines flow across the eating area and out to the owners' extensive gardens to keep them grounded in their peaceful setting.