If you follow a quiet New Hampshire street, step through a swinging wooden gate and duck under a fig tree, you will find yourself in the glorious garden of one of our favorite Granite State homes. Sara and Phil are a couple who clearly enjoy spending time together and their close bond shines through in all the design aspects of their home. From the stunning gardens, with extensive hardscape design including a cozy fire pit and a pool that looks more like a forest pond. To the open family room and 3 season porch that welcome friends and laughter.
The kitchen also speaks to this partnership; “We shared the design decisions…at times after healthy debate. Time has proven that the product of our collaboration is greater than the sum of the parts, and has yielded a house we love to call home.”
Sara and Phil’s desire was to create a kitchen that would allow them to cook together, without impinging on one another’s space. The solution was to provide plentiful counter space and thoughtful work-space placement. A 40 sq ft Walnut Island topped with beautiful Barroca Soapstone creates a substantial area of counter space, it also houses the recycling center, spice pull outs, a prep sink as well as a mail and laptop area. The 30” Soapstone Farmers Sink is made from the same Barroca Soapstone as the counters, and the 6 burner commercial grade gas range looks perfectly at home surrounded by the dark stone.
Perimeter cabinetry is classic and understated with a sprayed white finish. Glass panels in the upper cabinets provide a great spot for Sara and Phil to display the antique glass bottles they have collected on their travels together. And functional details such as two floor to ceiling pull out pantries provide ample storage.
A walk in pantry with a coffee station is the most frequently used morning space, while a pocket door closes it off for evening entertaining. The Walnut Butler’s pantry is a dedicated wine bar and is perfectly placed between the kitchen and dining room.
Surrounded by 80 acres of town forest, Sara and Phil’s home fits their active life perfectly, and the kitchen is wonderfully representative of their harmony in life, love and food.