Project Spotlight: Ocean Avenue Outdoor Project

As we welcome the start of summer at “The Shore,” we knew it was the perfect time to spotlight our Ocean Avenue Outdoor Project. The clients for this project are all about family and enjoying the coastal locale of this home. Located across the street from the ocean, this beach home is the hub for three generations to enjoy the sun and sand.

The overall scope of this project was a two story great room addition and an ultimate outdoor entertaining space. To achieve this, the client’s long time Interior Designer, Robert Wilson, came to us to help create the outdoor kitchen that would serve as the center of this new indoor/outdoor oasis.

A Chef’s Dream

The main outdoor kitchen is any chef’s dream featuring a ton of storage and just about every appliance possible. Stunning slabs of Jet Mist Granite top the main kitchen and bar, offering the perfect surface to work on.

Built for Elements

The cabinetry used is marine grade stainless-steel with a powder coated finish, a great outdoor material . We chose a subtle white washed wood looking finish in a classic shaker style for all the base cabinetry.

Outdoor Kitchen with louvered doors and farm sink

Taking the opportunity to mix it up, the louvered doors on the upper cabinets over the sink complement the shake siding beautifully.

The client really wanted a farm sink for the main kitchen sink and a dishwasher for easy clean up. Knowing the harsh environment that the salty ocean air provides, with Robert Wilson, we guided the client to materials that would be hard working against the elements and lower maintenance.

The Asko dishwasher, along with all of the appliances used are specifically built for outdoor use featuring high-grade stainless-steel interior components.

Taking Care

Something we run into is the assumption that, because products are considered outdoor friendly and even “marine-grade,” these products are indestructible. Understanding and, more importantly, executing proper care and maintenance is crucial for protecting the investment of these superior products. Regular cleaning and covering the cabinetry and appliances during off seasons or when not in use is so important. When properly maintained, your investment will be safe for years to come.

Easy Breezy

Large Nana Doors on the backyard and ocean side of the new addition open for a true indoor/outdoor living experience. When open, they allow for a beautiful cross breeze from the water to flow through the spaces. A classic white pergola frames the upper patio with integrated lighting and a retractable awning. This stunning addition makes for effortless day to night, rain or shine entertaining.

Bottom’s Up

The bar features a kegerator, refrigerator/freezer drawers, ice maker, and a prep sink.

There is a designated “workspace” and a raised bar top which offers plenty of room for everyone to pull up a stool and watch the game on the large tv behind the bar while enjoying a signature brew fresh from the tap!

Fringe Benefits

We all know the benefits of spending time outdoors, therefore it is nothing new to state that having a haven right out your door will improve your wellbeing. In addition to health benefits, investing in quality materials for a usable outdoor space will also improve your home’s value. Who doesn’t love that benefit?

Like indoor spaces, outdoor living is such an important part of enjoying your home, especially during favorable seasons. A well-designed patio or yard can offer significant square footage to a home. The added space is always a welcome opportunity for gatherings and entertaining!

Regardless of the size or function of your outdoor living, we encourage everyone to explore ways to enjoy and beautify not only the inside, but also the outside of their homes!

Ocean Avenue Outdoor Project Spotlight Sourcing

Kitchen Design, Cabinetry and Countertops: Town & Country Design Studio

Interior Designer and Furnishings: Robert Wilson, operates through Zacksons

Builder: Mark Robbins

Architect: Melillo | Bauer | Carman Landscape Architecture

Photography: Steven Paul Whitsitt Photography

Project Spotlight: Sunset Avenue Project

Sunset Avenue Project Background

Our clients purchased a rundown Victorian home, built in a shore town’s glory days of the early 20th century. The home would become their weekend haven to escape the busy city. A place to welcome friends and family, and enjoy the coastal area’s evolving cultural and culinary scene.

The house, although beautiful in its character, was in need of a top to bottom renovation. The client’s goal was to keep as much of the original charm and infuse their own, more urban, style to create a home that felt effortlessly stylish and chic.

They came to Town & Country to help with the kitchen and master bathroom, two important rooms in the project.

Kitchen

Sunset Avenue Project - White and wood kitchen

The clients wanted the kitchen to feel bright and open. We chose crisp white painted cabinets with warm accents to balance the classic home’s architecture and infuse some of the couple’s more modern style. Traditional inset type cabinet construction with a modern stepped detail on the door and drawers continue the mission of marrying styles in the home.

The high ceilings on the first floor allow this modestly sized kitchen to feel larger. We maximized this height with stacked wall cabinets and lit glass sections for displaying special pieces.

  • Sunset Avenue Project Kitchen peninsula and favorite art
  • Sunset Avenue Project Peninsula Seating

The original kitchen layout had a small addition that served as a breakfast nook. The patio french doors, a main access point for the home, made flow to the door, table sizing and placement awkward. A formal dining, adjacent to the kitchen, eliminated the couples need for another dining table, however the clients wanted some seating for casual meals and entertaining. The kitchen’s overall size did not allow for a center island, instead we designed a peninsula that would offer some seating, additional countertop space and create a nice separate entry space at the french doors.

  • Contemporary Cabinet Knob
  • Contemporary Cabinet Pull
  • Brushed Stainless Steel Pulldown Kitchen Faucet

Sleek Brushed Stainless Steel hardware pulls offer a modern detail to the classic space. The Stainless Steel farm sink and a contemporary pull down faucet nicely accent the appliances.

*See farm sink in the peninsula image above.

Master Bathroom

The Master Suite was created on the third floor, originally unfinished storage space for the home. True to Victorian style architecture, this space fills various steeply pitched roof lines, creating unique ceiling heights and angles for the space inside.

The master bathroom sits in a cluster of the dormer alcoves, which created some interesting design challenges.

The only place in the room that the vanity could go was a dormer that provided the only natural light in the room.

The windows made it so the countertop would have to be shorter than typically specified. This challenge created the opportunity for added interest with these drum vessel sinks and tall goose neck faucets.

*Kitchen bridge faucets were used in order to accommodate the vessel sink height and create a more prominent focal feature.

We had to work around another obstacle in the room. A main piece of ductwork that ran along the wall under the window. We needed to hide the ductwork, and still provide a fair amount of storage. This vanity is a perfect example of making custom crafted cabinetry work to it’s full advantage. From the outside you would never now what this furniture looking vanity is hiding.

*Check out the next picture for a peak inside the vanity.

Old homes can often present a fair share of challenges, but with some creativity and the right resources can be highly rewarding. We loved working on this project and helping our client’s bring new life into this old treasure!

We hope you enjoyed this spotlight into our Sunset Avenue Project.

Sunset Avenue Project Spotlight Sources

Design: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath

Custom Cabinetry: Town & Country Kitchen and Bath Bespoke Cabinetry

Cabinetry, Countertop and Hardware: Specified, sourced and supplied by TCKB Designs

Styling: T&C Mercantile

Photography: Patricia Burke Photography