It's All in the Details

January 12, 2022


The renovation of this home on the North Shore of Long Island was the marriage of an architect, builder, and cabinet designer. The homeowners were the driving force in meticulously selecting every detail to maintain the character and integrity of the exterior as well as the interior –from the choice of the original roof and brick siding materials, to the cabinet style and finish.   

In detailing the various materials, the homeowner worked closely with the kitchen designer, Rae Packard of Packard Cabinetry Sea Cliff, to create her dream kitchen. The simplicity of the recessed flat panel door style with its cream-colored palette creates the warm feeling of past years. 

The 21st-century kitchen has evolved from warm tones with architecturally embellished cabinetry to a visually minimalist appearance with crisp white finishes and clean, sleek lines. This kitchen maintains the present design with the welcoming hue of the past while providing every modern interior functional detail.     

The interior storage within each work zone uses state-of-the art modern mechanical technology. The range/cook wall provides pull-out bins and partitioned drawers for utensil storage.  

The 11-foot island and the range cabinets house deep drawers which provide a home for every imaginable piece of cookware and appliance. There is even a designated baking center hidden behind pocket doors.


The beverage bar which is situated behind the island not only houses a wine refrigerator and a coffee machine, but a chilled sparkling water spigot!

The cozy and very inviting breakfast area has the same warm cream-painted cabinetry and provides a second clean-up zone.

In this area is one of the most fun details of the kitchen — a secret door into the pantry. This passage was designed to look as if it was part of the adjacent pantry which not only leads to the well-stocked walk-in food pantry but also provides a path to another “secret door” to the garage where packages can be passed directly into the kitchen.

This is truly not only a dream kitchen, but a dream home.