The homeowners of this oceanfront North Falmouth house wanted functionality, an open area for entertaining and better views of the water from two of the rooms where they spent the majority of their time. So with the help of Capewide Enterprises of Mashpee, they did a flip-flop, so to speak, turning a billiards room into an expanded kitchen and transforming the kitchen into a billiards room.
When the nine-month project was completed last year, they were thrilled with a space that on Thanksgiving Day comfortably played host to 30 friends and family, and is certain to be the site of many future gatherings.
The island is where it’s at
“I love it now,” said homeowner Carol Boudreau, who joined forces with her sister, Charline Sullivan of Simply Design in Dedham, to design the home. “We entertain a lot, and now there’s a huge [center kitchen] island, which constantly has people around it. We also have a gazebo right off the kitchen, with a dining room table, so we eat out there a lot. And we have beautiful ocean views that we didn’t have before. There’s also a fire pit, so we go from the dining room to the kitchen to the fire pit.”
But, in many cases, not before they pull out the cue sticks and shoot a few games of 8-ball.
Boudreau credits Joao Junqueira of Capewide Enterprises for pulling the project together.
“It was wonderful to work with Joao. He and his crew were extremely service oriented,” she said.
The 24-foot-by-eight-foot kitchen was expanded by 200 square feet by removing a small back porch and bumping it out eight feet, which provided gorgeous ocean views. The lost porch was replaced by a second floor deck that is accessed by two bedrooms. It now serves as a prime panoramic spot for viewing sunsets.
The sparkling white center island is the focal point of the kitchen. It has a sink, two dishwashers and storage drawers at both ends. The shape of the hand-blown Morse Rope Pendant lights over the island were inspired by old electrical insulators. Purchased from Twelve Chairs in Boston, they create a nautical theme and present a sleek, clean appearance.
Creating a cohesive feel
Matching white custom cabinets and a stainless steel six-burner stove continue the modern, contemporary kitchen theme. The Italian Bertazzoni stove is heated by propane because natural gas is unavailable in the area. Contrast is provided, along with an ode to their surroundings, with the sea green glass backsplash.
“I wanted the materials to be all natural and to be reminiscent of the ocean,” Boudreau said. “The backsplash looks like the water on a beautiful sunny day.”
Novelty board, which somewhat resembles traditional bead board, runs throughout the house. An exposed-beam dining room ceiling, along with an antique pine table, gives the space the look of old Cape Cod.
A simple, yet fun touch to the kitchen is the granite chalkboard on the wall next to the refrigerator. It is used to welcome guests and write shopping lists. That might seem old-school, but the kitchen is definitely high-tech, with smart room features that control the lights, the television and the stereo. “I can even put my recipes on the TV, so it has a lot of technology,” Boudreau said.
How about a game of pool?
Although the size of the billiards room wasn’t altered – Capewide was able to restore and modify much of the cabinetry – there were many changes to the space. A beige-taupe wallpaper replaced the blue covering of the past, and what was once a wallpapered ceiling was painted white. A former kitchen nook was transformed into a lovely window seat for watching the action. It is decorated with beige and black cushions that perfectly blend with the white walls. The billiards table was resurfaced with black felt.
Built-in shelves in both rooms provide ample spots to display books, dishes, photographs, memorabilia or assorted knick-knacks. Although the billiards room is accessed through an archway opening from the kitchen, there’s no need to make the walk for a cool beverage. A custom designed wet bar is stationed between the two rooms. It has a sink, a wine refrigerator, and shelving both above and below the sink.
Boudreau said it was especially gratifying to partner with her sister, the oldest of five children, in designing the home.
“We have done a lot of projects together and have great synergy. She is extremely creative.
“I’m the baby [in the family], but I don’t let her be the boss,” she joked.
Article published in 2013-14 issue.