Chimney Rock Kitchen | Residential Architecture | Caleb Johnson Studio

Chimney Rock Kitchen

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Chimney Rock Kitchen

A long-standing Portland couple was ready to make an oceanfront location outside of the city home base for family and friends. 

Refocusing the dream.

Original plans to renovate a childhood home pivoted after discovering a dream spot on Cape Elizabeth’s Chimney Rock. Designs refocused on a ranch-style house with aspirations for easy connection and entertainment.

Natural arrangement.

The positioning of the house itself was a challenge. A central kitchen and dining area lacked the flow and workability required to host guests and family. The unconventional layout required unconventional replanning and creative thinking. An oceanscape sweeping the back of the home naturally became center stage. A marble-top L-shaped island was repositioned to keep pathways open while allowing movement for those in the kitchen. Steel doors were installed to grant the separation of a butler’s pantry or to be opened as an extension of space.

Simple complexity.

Attention to thoughtful millwork details reveals a contrast of composition. The construction of the cabinet boxes is highlighted with a smooth finish, juxtaposed against textured cabinet doors. All elements celebrate the character of materials while neutral tones keep the outside and interior in simple symmetry throughout.

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