Cottage Renovation, Orleans, MA


Cottage Renovation, Orleans, MA

Designer: Robin Decoteau, Supply New England

As innkeepers, these homeowners know all about hospitality. So after buying a 1955 Cape Cod cottage whose interiors hadn’t been updated since the 1970s, they set out on a whole-house renovation, a major focus of which was the kitchen.

The goal of this renovation was to create a space that would be efficient and inviting for entertaining, as well as compatible with the home’s beach-cottage style. Cape Associates removed the wall separating the kitchen from the dining room to create an open, airy layout. The ceilings were raised and clad in shiplap siding and highlighted with new pine beams, reflective of the cottage style of the home. 

The designer used a whitewashed palette and traditional cabinetry to push a casual and beachy vibe, while granite countertops add a touch of elegance. The layout was rearranged to include an island that’s roomy enough for casual meals and for guests to hang around when the owners are prepping party meals.

Placing the main sink and dishwasher in the island instead of the usual under-the-window spot was a decision made by the homeowner early in the planning stages. “If we have guests over, I can face everyone when I’m rinsing vegetables or washing dishes,” the homeowner says. “Otherwise, my back would be turned.”

The old avocado-hued linoleum flooring had an unexpected bonus: preserving the original oak floors, which were refinished.

The new layout includes room for the homeowners’ hutch from their previous residence, as well as an old pot-bellied stove, a family heirloom. A glass-front cabinet allows the homeowners to show off colorful dishes. Bringing the cabinet down to counter level adds more storage. Stacking the microwave, oven and warming drawer adds efficiency.

Additional Details:
-The new kitchen includes a bar zone that includes a cooler and a sink.
-A framed glass-tile backsplash adds interest and texture behind the cooktop.
-The undermounted sink on the island includes a cutting board and dish drainer.
-A custom built window seat provides a comfortable perch as well as extra storage between the pot-belled stove and hutch.